Reformists leading in Iran parliament vote

TEHRAN – Reformists and moderate conservatives were leading in parliamentary elections according to early results Saturday, an indication

President Hassan Rouhani may face a more friendly house to pursue his domestic agenda.

Early returns from Friday’s parliamentary polls show that none of the three competing political factions will win a majority alone in the 290-seat parliament but reformists seeking greater democratic changes are heading toward their strongest presence in parliament since 2004 at the expense of hard-liners. Officials are yet to release early results but reports in the semiofficial Fars and Mehr news agencies and a count conducted by The Associated Press show that hard-liners are the main losers of the vote.



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