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Ahmadinejad Rivals Lead in Parliamentary Vote

Torn electoral posters are seen on a wall in central Tehran, Iran, March 3, 2012.
Torn electoral posters are seen on a wall in central Tehran, Iran, March 3, 2012.

Partial results Saturday from Iran's parliamentary elections show that conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appear on course to gain firm control of the 290-seat parliament, after winning in several constituencies across the country.

Early returns from provincial towns suggest that loyalist supporters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei are in the lead and that the president's supporters were losing ground in the legislative body.

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar put the turnout in the polls at 64 percent.

Iran's main opposition and reformist groups boycotted Friday's election, the first since the disputed 2009 presidential vote.  All candidates were cleared by the Guardian Council, a powerful group of Islamic experts and jurists that rules on constitutional issues.

The election will have little impact on Iran's foreign or nuclear polices, but will strengthen Mr. Khamenei's position ahead of next years presidential election.

Final results are not expected until next week.

Some 3,400 candidates ran for seats in the 290-member parliament.  Among the candidates was Mr. Ahmadinejad's sister, Parvin Ahmadinejad, who failed to secure a seat in their hometown, Garmsar.

Iran's Guardian Council said no outside organizations would be permitted to monitor the turnout or vote-counting process.  Council spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei said Thursday the presence of international observers would be an "insult" to the Iranian people.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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by: sadik
March 04, 2012 6:49 AM
i think that election in islamic republic will give all the world apush towards taking a disision in reference of nuclear programme because the most important thing in wes minrd is to find a resort to deal with this prblemm

by: Alireza
March 03, 2012 12:24 PM
There is no real justical and free election in iran since 1945 until now.

by: The insanity
March 03, 2012 8:48 AM
The important thing from this uproar is "Iran's foreign or nuclear polices" . If you have not committed any crimes what have you been afraid of ? Those inhuman sanctions have increased the popularity of radical Iranians instead of strengthening the attitude of the opposition .Dr. Ron Paul has been calling for peaceful methods to convince Iranians rather than the government .The governments should fear from the people , not vice verse .

by: Godwin
March 03, 2012 7:38 AM
What does Ahmadinejad's failure and Khamenei's victory mean for Iranians and the world? Will it rescind the desire to wipe Israel out of the world map and retract the holocaust statement? Will it change Khamenei's stance on nuclear power acquisition by which to arm the man wearing blue turban to take over the whole world? Is it better for the snake or the centipede to be in charge of affairs in human domain? Ahmadinejad ± Khamenei = square 1 without the opposition .

by: NV O
March 03, 2012 5:35 AM
Ahmadinejad is a plain and simple, BUFFOON. And anyone whom votes for him will become their own nemesis. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem=Psalm 122.6

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