Allies of Iran's outgoing president defeated

Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Allies of outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have suffered a resounding defeat in local council elections, a clear rejection at the end of his term.

Not a single Ahmadinejad ally won a seat in Tehran. Parvin Ahmadinejad, the president's sister, was among the losers.

Final results were announced on Iranian state TV late Monday.

The 31 seats for the Tehran city council were won by a mix of conservatives and reformists. Local elections were held together with presidential elections on Friday. Relative moderate Hasan Rowhani was elected president without a need for a runoff.

The outcome was widely seen as a sign of public discontent with Ahmadinejad's combative positions, which have fueled fights with the West and punishing economic sanctions from the U.N over Iran's disputed nuclear development program.

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