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Vote counting underway, Principlists dominate next Iran parliament

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

The eleventh parliamentary elections in Iran wrapped up on Friday night, and vote counting is underway in all constituencies.

Iran's election committee, which is presided by the interior ministry, says vote counting will most likely continue until Sunday. Still no figures have been provided by election authorities as to the percentage of people’s participation, but officials are satisfied with the voter turnout against many odds.

Voting hours were extended 4 times. The deadline was initially set at 6 PM, but Iran's election committee said voters were still standing in lines in many polling stations, and finally voting was prolonged until 12 AM.

Two hundred ninety seats are up for grabs in the Iranian parliament. Unlike the incumbent legislature which is a Reformist-dominated one, the next parliament is expected to be dominated by Principlists.

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