2016 Iran Parliamentary and Assembly of Experts Election results declared

Mar 1, 2016 13:19 IST

2016 Iran Parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections results were declared on 29 February 2016. The elections were held for 290 parliamentary seats in which 146 seats are needed for a majority.

In the election claimed to be a fight between hardliners and reformists led by President Hassan Rouhani, no party was able to prove majority. The election, first in Iran after 2015 nuclear deal and the lifting of international sanctions, was held on held on 26 February 2016.

Final results showed seats being shared three ways between Rouhani's reformist and moderate allies, conservatives and independents. But the tallies suggested that the President would be able to muster support from key backers and create a working majority. This can happen as moderates and moderate conservatives have won enough seats to obtain a coalition majority over the hard-line bloc.

In the fight between the reformists and hardliners, the hardliners also lost their seats in the country’s 88-member Assembly of Experts (that will choose country's next supreme leader once Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dies during its eight-year term).

The results of the election and coalition majority once proved will help Iran to fetch a good image in the international arena. It will also help the nation in bringing in gradual changes in its nuclear programme, brokered by President Barack Obama and criticised by his American political adversaries.

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