Next Majlis Helping Derive JCPOA Benefits 

Next Majlis Helping Derive JCPOA Benefits Next Majlis Helping Derive JCPOA Benefits 

The top winner of the February parliamentary polls in the capital Tehran said he hopes the next parliament will help people enjoy the benefits of the July 15 nuclear deal.

Mohammad Reza Aref, head of the Reformist Policymaking Council, made the statement in an address to an election meeting in Hamedan Province on Friday, IRNA reported.

"We seek a parliament which is a partner of the government," he said. "We hope the new atmosphere in the next parliament and its close collaboration with the government will allow us to help people feel the positive [economic] effects of JCPOA."

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the formal name of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which removed international sanctions on Iran and eased its access to the global financial system.

  Third Step

Aref urged people to take the "third step" toward the advancement of the country by voting for reformists and giving them an "overwhelming majority" in parliament.

"In the Feb. 26 parliamentary elections, people took the second step toward the development of the country, stronger than their first step in the 2013 presidential election," he said.

"This path should be paved by strong participation of the people in the April 29 runoffs."

Reformists are closely allied to incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and publicly support his policies. As a reformist candidate, Aref withdrew from the 2013 presidential election, in what was seen as an electoral coalition with Rouhani, who ultimately won.

The first round of the legislative polls in February saw reformists achieve big gains, although no side was able to win an outright majority.

Reformists had 39% of the votes across the country, while principlists had 48% and the remaining 16.5% belonged to independents and allies of Rouhani. However, close ties between reformists and government backers will guarantee the formation of a reformist-friendly Majlis.  

This is while in the last three parliaments, reformists were badly defeated by rival principlists and had only a tiny minority.

In Tehran, the largest and most important constituency, reformists who fielded a joint list of candidates with pro-government forces, secured a resounding victory and won all the 30 seats.

Out of the total 207 constituencies, in 55 where the winners could not garner at least 25% of the ballots, a runoff will be held.

The one-week campaigning for the runoffs began at Thursday midnight, marking the start of a race by 136 contenders vying for 68 vacant Majlis seats.

The next parliament will open on May 28.