Reformists Make Major Advances in Iranian Election
They’re clinging to Hope. Iran’s 33 million voters pivoted heavily toward President Hassan Rouhani’s reformist List of Hope, which captured all 30 parliamentary seats in the key battleground of Tehran, preliminary results indicate. The president and like-minded former president Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani also won seats on the Assembly of Experts, who serve eight-year terms and would appoint a successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni, 76, should he die in the next eight years. But provincial results appeared to favor conservatives, meaning no party will have a clear majority in the new parliament.