Conservatives have consolidated their victory in Iran, after winning more seats in a run-off in the parliamentary elections. They now have 69% of all seats, reformists 16% and independents over 14%, according to the interior ministry.
Eighty-two seats were contested after no candidate managed to win 25% of the vote in last month’s first round.
Even though many are critical of President Ahmadinejad, the first round had already given him a big majority.
Many reformist candidates had been disqualified from standing in the election by the country’s non-elected Guardian Council.
If the conservatives remain a problem for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the new parliament, they will strengthen Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader.
Mr Ahmadinejad, expected to run for a second term as president next year, has come under fire for pumping excessive liquidity into the economy, which has been blamed for stoking inflation. He has also been criticized by both reformists and conservatives, about his latest cabinet reshuffle.