Rouhani’s allies leading in Iranian run-off parliamentary race
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 30
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Early results indicate that the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's allies are leading in the second round of race for the parliamentary seats.
Rouhani's allies had won 35 seats in the elections, Tasnim news agency reported Apr. 30.
The run-off elections to fill 68 seats in the 290-seat parliament were held Apr. 29.
The elections were held in 55 constituencies in the country. As many as 136 candidates are running for the constituencies where candidates failed to obtain the required minimum 25 percent of the votes cast.
Around 17 million people were eligible to vote in the run-off elections.
Hossein-Ali Amiri, the spokesman for the Iranian interior ministry, said the voter turnout was about 59 percent.
Iran held the 10th parliamentary and the 5th Assembly of Experts elections on February 26 with an overall turnout of 62 percent nationwide.
The new parliament is scheduled to begin its session on May 27.