Iran's Rouhani, Rafsanjani top experts assembly ballot-results

Reuters , Saturday 27 Feb 2016

Iranian clergymen vote in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections at a polling station in Qom, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (Photo: AP)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and key ally and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani are leading the race for membership of the influential Assembly of Experts, early results released on Saturday showed.

Rafsanjani was topping the ballot, with the pragmatist Rouhani second, the results showed. Friday's election for the 88-seat body, which has the task of choosing the country's highest authority, the supreme leader, was twinned with a vote for the 290-member parliament.

The results were initially announced as final in an official statement. A later statement said the results were partial and a final tally would be announced in due course.

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