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Ahmadinejad suffers parliamentary poll setback

Last Updated: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 14:09

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.


First Published: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 14:09

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