About half of the 16,033 hopefuls, mostly moderates and reformists, were barred from running by the Guardian Council, a conservative-dominated vetting body [Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA/via Reuters]

Iran has started counting votes a day after its parliamentary election in which conservative allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are likely to gain a sizeable majority based on partial results.

Iranian authorities have yet to announce the turnout in the February 21 election for the 290-seat parliament, but some early results announced by the Ministry of Interior indicated that the loyalists to Khamenei were set for gains.


“So far, 42 seats of the parliament had been won outright by candidates,” state television reported on Saturday.

It also announced the names of the leading candidates in Tehran’s 30

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