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Iran's Revolutionary Guards lead parliamentary poll race

In some constituencies, where candidates failed to get 20% of votes cast, a run-off election will be held in April

By Reuters in Dubai

  • Published 23.02.20, 1:27 AM
  • Updated 23.02.20, 1:27 AM
A voter casts his ballot in the parliamentary elections in a polling station in Tehran on Friday
A voter casts his ballot in the parliamentary elections in a polling station in Tehran on Friday (AP)

Candidates affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards looked on course to win a parliamentary majority on Saturday, reportedly leading in the race in Tehran and across the country after a vote stacked in favour of loyalists to the supreme leader.

The interior ministry said a list of candidates affiliated with the Guards led in the capital. An unofficial tally by Reuters shows hardliners have so far won about 178 seats in the 290-seat parliament, independents 43 and moderates 17.

In some constituencies, where candidates failed to get 20 per cent of votes cast on Friday, a run-off election will be held in April.

A clean sweep for hardliners would confirm the political demise of the country’s pragmatist politicians, weakened by Washington’s decision to quit a 2015 nuclear deal. 

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