Moderates win the day in Iranian elections


So called moderates have won the general election second round which took place on Friday. The moderates took 38 of 69 seats up for election in the second round to give them 121 seats in the 290 seat Islamic Consultative Assembly.

The election was a major setback for the more hard-line Principlists Coalition who won just 19 seats increasing their representation in parliament to 83 seats. In the 2008 election the Principlists dominated the parliament.

Although 146 seats are needed for a simple majority in parliament, the moderates are expected to get the support of a number of the 65 Independents elected in both rounds of voting. The moderates are closely associated with President Hassan Rouhani who will now be in a position to pursue his economic and social reforms.

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