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Iranian women show their identification, as they queue in a polling station to vote for the parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections in Qom.AP MPC Journal

Reformists Set to Make Gains in Iranian Election

Preliminary results show candidates from Iran’s powerful hard-line camp have lost ground in parliament, while moderates poised to win top spot on powerful clerical body. Partial election results in Iran on Saturday point to major gains by reformists and moderates who favour expanding freedoms and engaging with the West, and who defended the recently implemented nuclear deal with world powers against opposition from hard-liners. Friday’s election was the first since last summer’s agreement was finalized, lifting international economic sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. U.S. officials had hoped the deal would strengthen President Hassan Rohani and other…
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