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Report: Iran begins voting in run-off parliamentary elections
04/25/2008
Iran's state radio says voting has begun in run-off parliamentary elections. Voters will be deciding on 82 seats in the run-off, including 11 in the capital, Teheran. Among 164 candidates, 69 are conservatives who generally support President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 41 are reformists and 54 are independent. Some 21 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the Friday run-offs. In the first round conservatives won 132 out of parliament's 290 seats. Supporters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 90 of the seats clinched by conservatives. Reformists who support better relations with the West and greater economic and social tolerance won 31 seats. Independents won 39 seats.
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