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Iran holds 2nd round of parliamentary elections

05-04-2012 14:36 BJT

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Iran is holding a second round of parliamentary elections. The country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has cast his vote.

Friday’s run-off will decide 65 seats still outstanding in the 290-member legislature following the first round on March 2nd. Conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed control of parliament in the first round, when more than two-thirds of the seats were won by the ruling Islamic establishment.

The run-off takes place as Iranians grapple with a surge in prices following tightening international sanctions in the past six months over the country’s nuclear program.

An electoral poster of candidates for the upcoming second round of parliamentary election
is seen in central Tehran, Iran, April 29, 2012. Iran's upcoming second round of
parliamentary election is slated for May 4, when the candidates will contest for the
remaining 65 seats in the parliament. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

Iranian women walk past election posters in Tehran. Iran will hold a second round of
parliamentary elections on Friday to decide 65 seats still outstanding in its 290-
member legislature following the first round on March 2. (AFP Photo/Atta Kenare)


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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