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1. Hard-liners fail to win any seats in Tehran in local elections :-)

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Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 18:29:48 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad.abdolian@RSA.ERICSSON.SE>
Subject: Hard-liners fail to win any seats in Tehran in local elections :-)

Hard-liners fail to win any seats in Tehran in local elections

March 1, 1999 Web posted at: 4:30 a.m. EST (0930 GMT)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Hard-line opponents of moderate President Mohammad
Khatami failed to win a single seat in the capital, the key district in the
nation's first local elections, according to preliminary results published
Monday.

Khatami loyalists won 12 of the 15 seats contested in Tehran in Friday's
vote. The other three went to independents, results showed.

Tehran the intellectual, commercial and political center of the
country is seen as a focus in the fierce struggle between hard-liners
and moderates with in the Islamic government.

Women were front-runners in at least 20 cities, the results showed.
Nearly all of them are supporters of Khatami, who has encouraged women
to play a larger role in Iran's political life.

Election officials had counted nearly 10 million votes, or 40 percent of
the ballots, by Sunday night, Tehran radio reported, quoting the
Interior Ministry which is supervising the poll.

The ministry says final results may not come before Friday, especially
in larger cities like Tehran. In some towns and cities, the turnout was so
high that polling stations ran out of ballots and voting hours had to be
extended twice.

About 330,000 candidates ran for some 200,000 seats on municipal
councils in the election, the first such vote since the 1979 revolution.
Some seats were unopposed.

Khatami supporters were ahead in 11 of Iran's 28 provinces, the moderate
newspaper, Akhbar, reported Sunday.

In Tehran, former Interior Minister Abdollah Nouri, a well-known Khatami
loyalist, received the largest number of votes, according to the results,
which were published in Iranian newspapers.

Hard-liners in Parliament forced Nouri from the Interior Ministry last
year over his support for Khatami's policy of greater social, political and
cultural freedom. They unsuccessfully tried to disqualify Nouri from
running in the local elections.

Early results showed pro-Khatami women were doing well in cities such as
Orumiyeh, Kermanshah, Sari and Masjed Soleyman.

In Saveh, a city about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Tehran,
four women were among the front-runners for seven seats. Women have
looked to Khatami, a moderate cleric, to improve their social standing.

They were instrumental in his victory against a hard-line rival in the
May 1997 presidential election.

Since taking office, Khatami has appointed a woman as a vice-president
and chosen several other women as advisers.

But in the Majlis, or parliament, which was elected in 1996, only 14
women serve among 270 members.

Copyright 1999 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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