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Iran: 27 candidates in Tehran constituency elected to parliament, 3 to be decided in run-off

At the conclusion of vote counting in the Great Tehran constituency including the capital city, Shahr-e Rey, Shemiranat and Islamshahr here on Wednesday, 27 deputies entered the seventh Majlis and the three remaining seats have to be determined by the secondary round of voting, IRNA reported from Tehran.

A report released by the Interior Ministry media department said that 1,965,666 votes have been cast into ballot boxes in Tehran constituency.

It added that vote counting in the Great Tehran was completed in more than four days.

The deputies entering the seventh Majlis include Gholamali Haddad Adel, Ahmad Tavakkoli, Amir-Reza Khadem Azghadi, Seyed mohammad Mehdi Tabatabaie Shirazi, Ahmad Ahmadi, Hossein Mozaffar, Nafisseh Fayyazbakhsh, Alireza Zakani, Laleh Eftekhari, Hossein Sheikholeslam, Seyed Fazlollah Moussavi, Fatemeh Alia, Hossein Nejabat, Elham Aminzadeh, Abbas-Ali Akhtari, Seyed Ali Riazi, Elyas Naderan, Fatemeh Rahbar, Hamid-Reza Katouzian, Parviz Sorouri, Manuchehr Mottaki, Gholam-Reza Mesbahi Moqaddam and Mehdi Kouchakzadeh.

Meanwhile, given that the current Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi turned down his votes, Hossein Fadaie Ashtiani, Zeynab Kadkhoda, Ali Abbaspour Tehrani Fard, Hassan Ghafuri Fard, Ali-Reza Mahjoub and Majid Ansari will compete for the three remaining seats in the secondary round of elections.

Karroubi withdraws from 7th Majlis elections

Majlis Speaker Mahdi Karroubi announced his withdrawal from the run-off elections for the 7th Majlis.

He, however, told reporters here Wednesday Majma`-e Rowhaniyoun-e Mobarez (the Combatant Ulema Assembly that he is its member) is going to compete vigorously in the run-off elections throughout the country.

He said he had decided to withdraw from the elections on his own without telling Majlis representatives or his colleagues in the Majme` because he felt under the present conditions his decision to do so would not harm the process.

He stressed that his decision to pull out of the elections before the elections were held would have adverse effects.

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