Iranian conservatives consolidate parliament control in run-off elections

Iranian state media has announced partial results for run-off parliamentary elections indicating conservatives have consolidated their control of the legislature. State television and the official news agency IRNA say that out of 82 seats included in Friday's run-off, 56 have produced final results. Saturday's final results show supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 12 seats, his conservative critics seven, reformists 12 and independents 25. Preliminary results in Teheran show conservatives well-placed to win 10 of the 11 seats up for grabs in the capital and reformists to pick up one seat. Many reformist candidates were barred by the government from running in parliamentary elections ahead of the first round of voting in March.