Political factions competing in Friday’s Iranian elections

February 26, 2016 8:27 AM

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iranians are voting on Friday for candidates for two separate institutions: the 290-seat parliament and the 88-seat Assembly of Experts, a clerical body empowered to choose or dismiss the country’s supreme leader.

In parliament, supporters of moderate President Hassan Rouhani hope to dilute the influence of hard-liners who fear reforms and greater openness to the West could weaken the Islamic Republic.

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