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Rouhani, moderates make gains in high-stakes Iran votes

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 00:52

Iran starts vote count in hotly contested elections that could see reformists speed up Tehran's opening to the world. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The reformists and moderates behind Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are poised to make big gains following Friday's elections. Vote counting is underway in the country in the first elections since a landmark nuclear deal last year led to the removal of crippling sanctions. Early results show Rouhani's allies winning 29 out of the 30 parliamentary seats reserved for Tehran. Rouhani and his ally, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, also won top votes in the race for the Assembly of Experts, which chooses Iran's highest authority. With their gains, the reformists are hoping to speed up Iran's post-sanctions opening to the world, though it may take days before a clear outcome emerges.

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Rouhani, moderates make gains in high-stakes Iran votes

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 00:52