Iranian Reformists Set to Win All Tehran Parliamentary Seats

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves after casting his vote during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, which has the power to appoint and dismiss the supreme leader, in Tehran in this February 26, 2016 file photo. Rouhani won an emphatic vote of confidence and reformist partners secured surprise gains in parliament in early results from elections that could accelerate the Islamic Republic's emergence from years of isolation. REUTERS/President.ir/Handout via ReutersATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves after casting his vote during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, on Friday. (Reuters/President.ir/Handout via Reuters)

Partial election results indicate that Iranian reformists will win all 30 parliamentary seats in Tehran, handing hard-liners an embarrassing defeat.

However, none of Iran’s three main political camps – reformists, conservatives or hard-liners – is expected to win a majority in the 290-seat assembly.

State media said Sunday that reformists – who favor expanding social freedoms and improving relations with the West – are set to win all of Tehran’s seats. It was not immediately clear what percentage of the votes had been counted.

Final results from Friday’s elections – the first since last year’s landmark nuclear agreement – are expected Monday.

The agreement appears to have provided a major boost to moderates allied with President Hassan Rouhani, who championed the deal in the face of intense hard-line opposition.