February 27, 2016

THE FACE OF ISLAM:

Iran elections: early results show reformists and moderates lead race (Ian Black, 26 February 2016, The Guardian)

Votes are being counted in Iran's hard-fought elections with the first unofficial results showing gains for supporters of President Hassan Rouhani that could help promote greater opening to the west and limited advances at home.

Friday's polls for the parliament and the assembly of experts - its role is to choose the Islamic Republic's clerical supreme leader - were extended for nearly six hours due to a turnout that was estimated to have been around 70% and which would likely favour the reformist-moderate camp. [...]

Early returns show that none of the competing factions will win a majority in the 290-seat majlis, or parliament, but reformists and moderates are apparently on track to win their strongest presence since 2004 at the expense of conservative "principalists." Broader support in parliament will strengthen Rouhani's hand - though under Iran's hybrid political system key decisions still rest with the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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