Hassan Rouhani ' s allies make stunning gains in Tehran

The election on Sunday won all 30 parliamentary seats to the reformist allies of Hassan Rouhani in the Iranian Capital that gave a major boost to the moderate president and considered as significant to his government.

The Friday’s vote counted a 90 per cent of ballots for The List of Hope (a pro-Rouhani coalition of moderates and reformists) against its conservative rivals in the Iranian Capital (Tehran).

The clean sweep for the president was a major boost that indicated the huge public support in the capital for his landmark nuclear deal with the world powers last year after a 13-year standoff.

The disorder came to an end when the state television announced that the head of the conservative list Gholam-Ali Hadad Adel, a former parliament speaker lagged in 31st place and lost his seat.

The preliminary results of the second election that look place on Friday for the powerful Assembly of Experts that monitors the work of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also supported Rouhani and made sure top conservative clerics are removed .

If the Tehran numbers are confirmed, it will give way to a striking comeback for reformists that was long sidelined after the uncertain re-election in 2009 of hard line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, followed by bloody street protests. Reformists said that ballot was assembled and their two defeated candidates (Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi) were under house arrest since 2011.

Election Result

  • The head of the pro-Rouhani coalition, Mohammad Reza Aref, a former vice president, was in first place in voting in Tehran
  • The outspoken Ali Motahari, a conservative MP who switched sides and joined the slate headed by Mr. Aref, was in second spot.
  • Outside Tehran, where 108 seats out of 260 have been declared so far, 33 went to the main conservative list and 24 to the reformist List of Hope.
  • A further 28 seats went to independents — of whom 13 are known to lean towards conservatives and 11 are closer to reformists, with four of no clear affiliation.

A second round of voting will be required which is not expected until April or May as none of the remaining 23 seats had a clear winner.

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