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Rouhani allies seek control of parliament in Iran vote

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was voted into office in 2013Voting was extended Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of the seats in Iran’s parliament, a crucial showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country’s future. Iran’s reformists — who have encouraged foreign investment, support moves for greater diplomatic rapprochement and seek social reforms at home — are allied with President Hassan Rouhani’s government and made major gains in the first round on February 26. Polling stations opened at 8:00 am (0330 GMT) for the second round which took place in 21 provinces, but not the capital Tehran, with 68 of parliament’s 290 seats being contested.

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