Released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani waves to media after casting his vote for parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections in Tehran, Feb. 26, 2016. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
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Iranian voters dealt hard-liners a serious blow in elections for parliament and an influential religious body, favoring reformists and relative moderates who support last year's nuclear deal in the country's first elections since the landmark agreement, results released Monday showed.Moderate conservatives – who split with the hard-line camp and support the nuclear deal – won 73, giving the two blocs together a majority over hard-liners in the 290-seat assembly.Hard-liners won just 68 seats, down from 112 in the current parliament.While none of the country's three main political camps will dominate the next parliament, reformists and moderate conservatives are expected to work together – at least on economic issues.several prominent hard-liners, including Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, were also re-elected.Some politicians previously seen as hard-liners, including outgoing parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, are now considered to be moderate conservatives who support Rouhani's government and the nuclear deal.
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