Fri, 18 Sep 2020

Conservatives appeared to be ahead as ballots were being counted in Iran's February 21 parliamentary elections.

The poll was certain to favor conservative candidates following the pre-vote disqualification of thousands of reformists or relative moderates.

Announcing the first partial results from the elections, state TV suggested hard-liners were ahead in the capital, Tehran.

State TV, without providing figures, said a list of conservative candidates led by Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf were leading candidates in Tehran's 30 parliamentary seats.

Qalibaf, the conservative former mayor of Tehran, is expected to be the next parliament speaker.

Authorities three times extended voting by a total of five hours to allow more people to cast ballots. Final results were expected on February 23.

All of those standing for election were prescreened by a group of hard-line Islamic clerics who disqualified some 9,000 potential candidates.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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