IRAN VOTES

Parliamentary ELECTION 29 APRIL 2016


Iranians voted in a second round of parliamentary elections over 68 contested seats. Although allies of reformist President Hassan Rouhani broke the control of hardliners, they were not able to secure a majority.

Rouhani's moderate and centrist allies had made gains in the first round of elections in February for parliament, and the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that elects the next Supreme Leader.

The new parliament will begin its session on May 27. It has no direct control over major policy matters but it can back the policies of Rouhani to bolster the sanction-hit economy.

Iranians voted in a second round of parliamentary elections over 68 contested seats. Although allies of reformist President Hassan Rouhani broke the control of hardliners, they were not able to secure a majority.

The new parliament will begin its session on May 27. It has no direct control over major policy matters but it can back the policies of Rouhani to bolster the sanction-hit economy.


Sources: Reuters
By Jessica Wang, Simon Scarr and Travis Hartman | REUTERS GRAPHICS