Middle East

Iran state media: Moderate-reformist bloc wins more seats

  • An Iranian woman casts her ballot for the parliamentary runoff elections in a polling station at the city of Qods about 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, April 29, 2016. Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, a key polling that is expected to decide exactly how much power moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature. The balloting is for the remaining 68 positions in the 290-seat chamber that were not decided in February's general election, in which Rouhani's allies won an initial majority. (AP Photo)

    An Iranian woman casts her ballot for the parliamentary runoff elections in a polling station at the city of Qods about 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, April 29, 2016. Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, a key polling that is expected to decide exactly how much power moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature. The balloting is for the remaining 68 positions in the 290-seat chamber that were not decided in February's general election, in which Rouhani's allies won an initial majority. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 17, 2016 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives for a meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj at the presidency office in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state TV says that the moderate-reformist bloc has secured more than 20 more seats in parliamentary runoff elections, bringing the bloc closer to a majority in the next legislature. State TV on Saturday, April 30, 2016, announced winners for 45 of the remaining 68 seats being contested. Among them there are 23 moderate-reformist candidates who support Rouhani and a nuclear deal the country reached with world powers last summer. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

    FILE - In this April 17, 2016 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives for a meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj at the presidency office in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state TV says that the moderate-reformist bloc has secured more than 20 more seats in parliamentary runoff elections, bringing the bloc closer to a majority in the next legislature. State TV on Saturday, April 30, 2016, announced winners for 45 of the remaining 68 seats being contested. Among them there are 23 moderate-reformist candidates who support Rouhani and a nuclear deal the country reached with world powers last summer. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian journalists wait for the announcement of results of the country's parliamentary runoff elections at the Interior Ministry in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Iranian moderates and reformists who support President Hassan Rouhani and last year's landmark nuclear deal have failed to secure a majority after parliamentary runoff elections but will retain the most seats in the assembly. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Iranian journalists wait for the announcement of results of the country's parliamentary runoff elections at the Interior Ministry in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Iranian moderates and reformists who support President Hassan Rouhani and last year's landmark nuclear deal have failed to secure a majority after parliamentary runoff elections but will retain the most seats in the assembly. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)  (The Associated Press)

Iranian state TV says that the moderate-reformist bloc has secured more than 20 more seats in parliamentary runoff elections, bringing the bloc closer to a majority in the next legislature.

State TV on Saturday announced winners for 45 of the remaining 68 seats being contested. Among them there are 23 moderate-reformist candidates who support President Hassan Rouhani and a nuclear deal the country reached with world powers last summer. The rest of the winners are divided between hard-liners and independent candidates.

Final results are expected later on Saturday.

In February, the moderate-reformist bloc block won a majority of seats where there was a clear winner. Now the bloc needs to win 40 seats in the runoffs to control the 290-seat parliament, which begins work in late May.