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Ahmadinejad rivals leading in parliament vote

 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...

Conservative rivals of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are leading in the race for parliament seats according to early election results.
The conservatives' lead was expected as the elections boiled down to a contest between conservatives supporting and opposing Ahmadinejad.
Early returns Saturday in the capital Tehran show loyalists to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have pulled ahead. Partial results from provincial towns also show conservative Ahmadinejad rivals were elected in many constituencies.
In a huge embarrassment, Parvin Ahmadinejad, a younger sister of the president, was defeated by a conservative rival in their hometown of Garmsar.
The results indicate Ahmadinejad may face a more hostile parliament in the nearly two years remaining of his second term in office.


Updated : 2021-01-25 12:09 GMT+08:00