Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election

Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election

Candidates backing reform of Iran's clerically overseen government swept municipal elections in Tehran, taking all 21 local council seats in the country's capital while moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in office, authorities said on Monday.

Their win in Friday's election marks the first time reformists have gained total control of Tehran's municipal council since such votes began in the Islamic Republic in 1999. Iranian media also reported similar big gains for reformists in other major cities.

While their powers are limited to local affairs, the councils represent direct control of governance by Iran's 80 million people. Having reformists take control...

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