An Iranian voter casts his ballot for the parliamentary runoff elections in a polling station at the city of Qods about 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo)
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Voting was extended Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of the seats in Iran's parliament, a crucial showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.Iran's reformists -- who have encouraged foreign investment, support moves for greater diplomatic rapprochement and seek social reforms at home -- are allied with President Hassan Rouhani's government and made major gains in the first round on February 26 .Around 17 million citizens were eligible to vote in constituencies where no candidate won the minimum 25 percent required in the first round.However Friday's voting -- the top two candidates from the first round are competing head to head -- covers 55 smaller towns and cities where conservative support held up.Nationally, reformists won 95 seats and the conservatives 103 in February with nominally independent candidates and minorities sharing others, meaning no faction won a majority.
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