|Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president,|
must seek re-election next year [EPA]
As the votes are counted in Iran's parliamentary elections, conservatives appear to have won two-thirds of the seats.
However it remains to be seen how supportive the new parliament will be of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, who must seek re-election next year.
It comes against a background of rising domestic dissatisfaction over high inflation, unemployment and fuel shortages.
The European Union, meanwhile, has condemned the elections as undemocratic.
Hundreds of reformist candidates were banned from standing by Iran's unelected Guardian Council of lawyers and clerics, who claim their actions are justified to preserve Iran's Islamic integrity.
This episode of Inside Story aired on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 17:30 GMT
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