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Pragmatic Rouhani hails poll wins, ally salutes will of people

Pragmatic Rouhani hails poll wins, ally salutes will of people

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves after casting his vote during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, in Tehran

By Samia Nakhoul TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and reformist partners won a big vote of confidence in elections that could speed up Iran’s emergence from isolation, and a key ally told long dominant hardliners to accept that voters wanted them to step aside. The polls for parliament and a leadership body were seen by analysts as a potential turning point for Iran, where nearly 60 percent of its 80 million population is under 30 and eager to engage with the world following the lifting of most sanctions. While advances by moderates and independents in Friday’s polls were most evident in the capital, the scale of the gains in Tehran suggests a legislature more friendly to the pragmatist Rouhani is distinctly possible.

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