February 29, 2016, 6:57 pm – The Times of Israel
Biggest surprise: Two key hard-liners lose seats in Assembly of Experts that chooses supreme leader
Elections mark rise of those who favor expanded social freedoms and engagement with the West, creating a parliament more to Rouhani’s liking
TEHRAN (AP) — Iranian reformists and relative moderates who support last year’s nuclear deal won the most seats in parliament and a clerical body charged with selecting the next supreme leader in a major setback for hard-liners who opposed the agreement, official election results showed Monday.
Final results released by the Interior Ministry and broadcast on state TV show that reformists, who favor expanded social freedoms and engagement with the West, and other backers of President Hassan Rouhani, won at least 85 seats. Moderate conservatives — who split with the hard-line camp and support the nuclear deal — won 73, giving the two camps together a majority over hard-liners in the 290-seat assembly.
Hard-liners won just 68 seats, down from 112 in the current parliament. Five seats will go to religious minorities, and the remaining 59 will be decided in a runoff, likely to be held in April. ….read more here
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