Votes are being counted in Iran’s parliamentary elections.
Because thousands of moderate and reformist candidates were barred from running, the results are expected to change the face of the country’s legislature.
The expected boost to the conservatives could affect Iran’s policies towards the region and the United States, which has placed a series of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Al Jazeera’s Assed Baig reports from Tehran.
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In This Story: Iran
Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.
Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.
The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.
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Tehran is the capital of Iran, in the north of the country. Population: 8.694 million (2016).