Iran to Hold Second Round of Polls in April

A03994571.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iranians will vote on April 25 in the second round of parliamentary elections to decide the final make-up of their new parliament, with conservatives set to retain control, officials said Monday.

Eighty-six seats in the 290 seat parliament are to be decided in the second round vote, following a first round poll on March 14. “The date of the second stage of elections for the eighth parliament has been set for Friday, April 25,” the spokesman of the Guardians Council, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, said.

Conservatives swept the first round and won all the seats that were decided outright in the key battleground of Tehran.

Conservatives are projected to win 75 percent of the chamber. According to Iran’s election rules, candidates require at least 25 percent of the vote to be elected automatically, failing which they have to contest a second round.

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