Runoff Elections in Iran
By Micah Halpern
Sunday May 1, 2016
I've Been Thinking:
Results of the runoff elections for parliament in Iran are now coming in. The first elections were in February. In that election, 68 spots were too close to call or no candidate received the minimal required number of votes to win a seat.
Friday April 29th was the day the runoff took place.
Thus far it looks like the reformers who support the current president, Rouhani, received a plurality of the 68 spots. 30 of the 68 runoff seats will side with Rouhani. The remaining seats are split between the conservatives, the arch conservatives, and the independents.
The Iranian parliament has 290 seats. After all the votes and seats are finalized this election will give reformists a strong presence in public government.
This is a huge show of support for Rouhani and a terrible blow to Iran's religious leadership - especially the Supreme Leader, the Grand Ayatollah.
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