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Ahmadinejad's sister fails to win parliament seat

 In front of a portrait of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani casts his ballot for the parliamentary el...
 An Iranian Jewish couple casts their ballots for the parliamentary elections, in their polling station, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 2, 2012. The b...
 Iranian Jews enter their polling station to vote during the parliamentary elections, as a police officer stands guard, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, March...
 Iranian Jews check the list of their candidates in their polling station during the parliamentary elections, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 2, 2012. ...
 Iranian Jewish women fill in their ballots during the parliamentary elections, in their polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 2, 2012. The b...

Mideast Iran Elections

In front of a portrait of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani casts his ballot for the parliamentary el...

Mideast Iran Elections

An Iranian Jewish couple casts their ballots for the parliamentary elections, in their polling station, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 2, 2012. The b...

Mideast Iran Elections

Iranian Jews enter their polling station to vote during the parliamentary elections, as a police officer stands guard, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, March...

Mideast Iran Elections

Iranian Jews check the list of their candidates in their polling station during the parliamentary elections, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 2, 2012. ...

Mideast Iran Elections

Iranian Jewish women fill in their ballots during the parliamentary elections, in their polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 2, 2012. The b...

The younger sister of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad failed to win a parliamentary seat in the hometown of the president, the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported Saturday.
The report said the final results from a small town southeast of the capital shows that Parvin Ahmadinejad, a close ally of the president, was defeated by her conservative rival.
Parvin Ahmadinejad was running for a seat in Garmsar, about 35 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of Tehran. She is a current member of Tehran's municipal council.
Her failure in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hometown is seen as a big blow to him in the first balloting since his disputed re-election in 2009.
Early returns also showed conservative rivals of Ahmadinejad were elected in many other constituencies. Out of 50 winners, at least 36 conservative opponents of Ahmadinejad had won seats in parliament.
More than 3,440 parliamentary hopefuls _ all vetted by Iran's ruling Islamic system and none with links to the Green Movement that led protests after Ahmadinejad's re-election _ were running for seats.
The early results suggest Ahmadinejad will face a more belligerent parliament in the nearly two years remaining in his second four-year term.
Nationwide, final results are expected to be released during the weekend and early next week. Results in small towns, with few representatives in parliament, appear sooner than cities like the capital, Tehran, which has some 5 million eligible voters and 30 legislators.
The new parliament will begin its work late in June. It is expected to boost the voices of hard-line opponents of Ahmadinejad in next year's presidential elections.
The results for the 290-seat parliament will have no direct influence over Iran's nuclear program or other critical affairs, such as military or oil policies.
However, high turnout could heighten Tehran's defiance of the international community's effort to halt Iran's nuclear program, which the West suspects is trying to build a weapon, a charge Iran denies.
Mehr said some 70 percent of more than 48 million eligible voters participated in the Friday elections.
In 2008 and 2004, the turnout for parliamentary elections was 57 percent and 51 percent, respectively.


Updated : 2021-04-21 01:48 GMT+08:00