Ahmadinejad suffers parliamentary poll setback
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s supporters won just 13 of the 65 seats that were up for election.
Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suffered a major setback in a run-off parliamentary polls that could influence the outcome of next year’s Presidential Elections.
Ahmadinejad`s supporters won just 13 of the 65 seats that were up for election in Friday’s vote, further reducing his power base in the 290-seat Parliament.
Final results announced on state TV showed Ahmadinejad`s main conservative rivals had won 41 seats of those contested, while independents won 11.
Ahmadinejad`s supporters appeared to have fared the best in Iranian capital Tehran, where nine seats were won out of a total of 25, The BBC reports.
The new Parliament will begin its session in late May.
All of the candidates had to be pre-approved by Iran`s Guardian Council, which means the contests are effectively between different conservative factions, supporters of the Supreme Leader and Ahmadinejad.