Allies of the current President, Hassan Rouhani have made strong gains in the Parliament as well as the Assembly of Experts during the elections held in Iran towards the end of February 2016.

The successful candidates will serve the 10th Islamic Consultative Assembly from 28 May 2016 to 27 May 2020. The 290 seat Assembly has 285 directly elected members while five seats are reserved for Zoroastrians, Jews, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Armenians.

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former President and an ally of President Rouhani came first in Tehran’s voting for the Assembly of Experts while a prominent scholar Mohammad Kashani was second and President Rouhani himself came third.

Supporters of Rouhani and Rafsanjani considered as the reformist group have won all the 30 seats representing Tehran and seem to have gained almost 100 parliamentary seats with one third of the national popular vote.

The peacefully held elections with almost 65% turnout are considered fair and free, a credit to Islamic Iran, that is a rarity in the Muslim world.

The election results are seen as a referendum on the nuclear deal with the West paving way for strong economic growth, further openness in the Iranian society, individual freedoms and better relations with the Muslim World.