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Iran: Assembly of Experts election results show strong backing for moderates

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The final list of the Assembly of Experts representatives reveals that two hardliners from Tehran, Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi and Mohammad Yazdi, did not find their way into the fifth assembly.

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Tehran sends 16 representatives to the assembly, and the third top conservative representative, Ahmad Jannati, was in 15th place; however, Yazdi and Mebah Yazdi were are 17th and 19th spots respectively.

Meanwhile, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Hassan Rohani topped the list of Tehran representatives with the highest number of votes, sending a strong message to the establishment that the people are backing moderates in government.

The Guardian Council, headed by Ahmad Jannati, had disqualified most of the reformists and moderates from running in the elections, and reformists had called on voters to support the remaining reformists and those closest to moderate policies.

Reformists hold all top positions in the Tehran parliamentary elections

The Ministry of the Interior published a list of the top 60 candidates in Tehran ridings. The top 30 candidates, including eight women, are all candidates endorsed by reformists and Rohani supporters. The top conservative candidate in Tehran Gholamali Haddad Adel fell to 31st place.

The last shot
(cartoon by Mohsen Zarifian, Ghanoon daily)

The spokesman for the Interior Ministry announced, however, that the results are not yet final.

The list of 16 representatives elected from Tehran for the Assembly of Experts also shows considerable support for reformists, with Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and Hassan Rohani topping the list while two top conservative clerics, including current assembly head Mohammad Yazdi, were voted out of the next assembly.

Reformists are highlighting their public support with the symbol 30+16.

The Interior Ministry spokesman denied that the minister has travelled to Mashhad. Unofficial reports from Mashhad indicate that Karimi Ghodosi, the top conservative MP from the city, has not obtained the votes to return to Parliament, and his supporters are trying to challenge the results of the vote count.

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