Iranian Panel Approves Tehran Parliamentary Polls

Published May 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's Guardian Council certified final results of February's parliamentary elections for Tehran, approving 28 winners with reformers holding the top positions, reported Iran News agency (IRNA) Saturday.  

Quoting a statement from the Guardian Council, the agency added that the council left two seats vacant for future run-offs.  

Finishing in first place was President Mohammad Khatami's youngest brother, Mohammad Reza Khatami. He was followed by Jamileh Kadivar and Ali Nouri -- both siblings of jailed dissident clerics, reported Reuters Saturday.  

Final results from the February 18 contest in the capital had been delayed for months as the conservative-led Guardian Council and the pro-reform interior ministry wrangled over alleged miscounts and voter fraud.  

That led the reformist camp, Reuters said, to issue repeated warnings that the conservatives were looking for excuses to annul the outcome after preliminary results gave them only one seat among the top 30 finishers.  

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stepped in late on Thursday and directed the Guardian Council to set aside disputed ballot boxes and declare as many winners as possible.  

IRNA said candidates supported by the main reformist coalition claimed a plurality of seats in the expanded 290-member chamber, but the size and cohesion of the pro-Khatami bloc will only be known when the chamber gets down to business on May 27 - (Several Sources)  

 

 

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