Rouhani, moderates make big gains in Iran, early polls results indicate

February 27, 2016 10:28 PM

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Rouhani, moderates make big gains in Iran, early polls results indicate

TEHRAN — President Hassan Rouhani won a resounding vote of confidence, and reformist allies won 29 out of Tehran’s 30 seats to parliament in elections that could speed Iran’s post-sanctions opening to the world, early results released on Saturday showed.

Tens of millions thronged polling stations on Friday for a twin vote for the 290-seat parliament and the 88-member Assembly of Experts, which selects the country’s highest authority, the supreme leader.

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