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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran Requires Runoff

TEHRAN () -- Iran said Friday that final results of its parliamentary election showed runoff polls were needed to fill almost half of the seats of the parliament.

State-run Tehran radio said 139 candidates were elected to the 270-member Majlis, or parliament, in last Friday's poll after receiving one-third of all votes cast in their constituencies. The remaining 131 seats would be filled in runoff elections at a date to be announced later, the report said.

Conservative clerics and rival centrist supporters of President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani have both claimed to be leading after the first round of the elections.