Iranians begin second round of parliamentary polls

Iranian women displaying their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes yesterday in the second round of parliamentary elections at a polling station in Robat Karim, some 40km south-west of the capital Teheran. Polling stations opened at 8am loc
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Iranian women displaying their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes yesterday in the second round of parliamentary elections at a polling station in Robat Karim, some 40km south-west of the capital Teheran.

Polling stations opened at 8am local time for the elections in 21 provinces for almost a quarter of Parliament's seats in the latest political showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.

With 68 of 290 seats in Parliament at stake, the vote will decide who has the most power when lawmakers are sworn in next month, opening or closing a path to limited social and political change in the Islamic republic.

The first round took place in February.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2016, with the headline 'Iranians begin second round of parliamentary polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe