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Ahmadinejad's rivals ahead in parliamentary runoff

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Early returns in Iran's parliamentary runoff elections show conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ahead in many constituencies.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency says the president's rivals appear to be winning most of the 65 seats that were up for grabs in the second round held Friday.

The runoff was expected to cement the victory of Ahmadinejad's opponents, who already won an outright majority in the 290-member legislature in the first round of voting in March.

However, results from several polling stations in the capital Tehran show supporters and opponents of Ahmadinejad in a neck to neck race.

Official results are expected on Saturday.

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