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Supporters of a coalition of reformists and backers of President Hassan Rouhani held their first joint rally in Tehran as thousands of Iranian candidates on Thursday launched their election campaigns ahead of the country's Feb. 26 parliamentary elections.During the gathering Elahe Koulaei, one of the female candidates, called the election a "second step" after the 2013 victory of Rouhani, a moderate within Iran's political system.State media reported Thursday that over 6,200 candidates who have been approved to run, including 586 women, began a one-week campaign for a place in the country's 290-seat parliament.Over 12,000 hopefuls had initially registered for the election.Some 161 candidates are standing for that election.
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