Moderate and centrist allies of Iran’s reformist President Hassan Rouhani have won the second round of parliamentary elections, taking more than 30 of the 68 seats up for grabs, according to unofficial, partial results reported by local media.
Conservatives, on the other hand, are credited with just over 20 seats.
If the trend is confirmed, it would be a further vote of confidence in Rouhani after big reformist gains in February’s first round of polling. The current parliament is dominated by hardline allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
People voted on Friday on 68 undecided seats in constituencies where candidates failed to get 25 percent of votes cast in the first round.
This is the electorate’s chance to give its verdict on Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers that has seen international sanctions lifted.