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.

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“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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