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INU - On Friday, Iranian citizens went to the polls to vote in runoff elections for 68 seats in the country’s 290-seat parliament. The runoffs come after elections in February that handed significant victories to a faction associated with current President Hassan Rouhani and former President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, the members of which have been described as moderates and reformists.

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INU - On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that candidates had officially begun campaigning for runoff elections in Iran, following national elections in late February that filled 222 of the 290 seats in the country’s Islamic Consultative Assembly, or parliament. Candidates for the remaining seats, in which no one achieved the requisite minimum percentage of the vote, will now have approximately a week to reach out to voters again before the final round of elections take place on April 29.

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INU - During Iran’s February 26 parliamentary elections, one candidate in Bonab County in Eastern Azerbaijan secured votes for himself through bribery of fellow citizens, in a contest that he ultimately won.

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INU - IranWire published a feature on Wednesday which explored one of the changes that some people are anticipating for the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of last month’s elections for parliament and the Assembly of Experts. Among the results that have been reported in the international media is a significant increase in the number of women serving in government.

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On Monday, the New York Times ran a new report dealing with the outcome and consequences of the Iranian national elections that took place on February 26. The new piece aligns with a narrative being presented by much of the Western media, suggesting that the election of so-called moderate and reformist candidates to approximately 100 seats in parliament has created the environment in which President Hassan Rouhani can begin to pursue reforms that were promised at the time of his election in 2013, but apparently were quickly abandoned.

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On Friday, The Guardian published the latest in a series of pieces responding to the previous week’s elections for the Iranian parliament and Assembly of Experts. But instead of focusing on the breakdown of victories and losses in those elections, this piece looked ahead to the expectations that some observers might hold for the new government.

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