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Iran election: Counting starts after high turnout

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Polls have closed in Iran’s first election since a deal with world powers over the country’s nuclear programme and the lifting of sanctions.

Voting was extended three times as crowds reportedly flocked to polling stations. Turnout was said to be high.

Iranians have been electing a new parliament and Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that appoints the Supreme Leader.

Reformists are hoping to gain influence in the conservative-dominated bodies.

But of 12,000 people who registered as candidates, only half were allowed to stand, including just 200 moderates.

The outcome could affect reformist President Hassan Rouhani’s chances of re-election in 2017.

 

Source: BBC News

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