After Elections, is Rouhani’s Economy Minister now Safe?

At an international car conference March 1, Rouhani struck a conciliatory tone when discussing the election results. He said that regardless of which faction is the majority and which is the minority, “more cooperation than before” has to be the view of everyone.

As of the latest results, 221 seats of the 290-seat parliament have been chosen. The remaining seats will be determined in a runoff election, though the date is not yet set.

Given the lack of formal party structure in Iran and loose alliance system, the breakdown of Reformist, conservative or moderate can be misleading. For instance, Tasnim News Agency reported that conservatives have the edge so far. However, their list included Speaker Ali Larijani as a conservative. Larijani, while certainly within the traditional conservative camp, ran as an independent in the election and has been allied with the moderate Rouhani on many issues.

What is also notable in the Tasnim list is that there are many independent candidates. In smaller cities in particular, party affiliation is less significant than name recognition and reputation.

According to Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, 62% of eligible voters in the country voted and 50% of eligible voters in Tehran voted. Fazli said that before the elections there were rumors that security institutions in the country would attempt to interfere in the elections, but he said that there was no pressure applied against his ministry throughout the process.

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