The United Principlist Front (UPF), a coalition of traditional conservative politicians loyal to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenie, won the runoff elections overwhelmingly. In Tehran, the UPF led by Qolam-Ali Hadad Adel, Khamenei’s senior advisor and father-in-law to his powerful son Mojtaba, will control 18 of the 30, or 60 percent of the seats. Preliminary results from the provinces show the same trend.
The Resistance Front (RF), a coalition of ultraconservative politicians led by the fundamentalist Shia senior cleric Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, has finished second in Tehran, capturing 33 percent of the seats. Two independent candidates were also elected in Tehran.
The supporters of President Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff Mashaie were big losers in the elections. They did not gain a single seat in Tehran and their prospects in the provinces were as bleak. Opposition figures and supporters of the Green Movement were not allowed to run in the elections.
The Ninth Majlis, the newly elected parliament, will convene late May. It is arguably the most right-wing Majlis in the history of the Islamic Republic.