Allies of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won the most seats in run-off parliamentary elections held Friday, according to preliminary results published by the Iranian Labour News Agency.
The pro-Rouhani moderate-reformist “Hope” bloc won at least 37 seats, the Tehran-based semi-official news agency, known as ILNA, said Saturday. Independent candidates gained 15 seats, while the conservative Principlists garnered 13 seats, it said.
The run-off vote followed elections in February that showed growing support for allies of Rouhani and a setback for rival conservatives who have dominated parliament for a decade. Politicians were competing for 68 seats in the 290-seat legislature.
If the latest results are confirmed, the moderate-reformists will have 120 seats, the Principlists 90 seats, independents 75 and religious minorities five, according ILNA and first-round results published by the Iranian Students’ News Agency.
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