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DATE=2/22/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN ELECTIONS (L) NUMBER=2-259443 BYLINE=SCOTT BOBB DATELINE=TEHRAN CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: In Iran, the nearly completed count of votes from parliamentary elections confirms that reformists advocating greater freedom in Iran will dominate the next parliament. V-O-A's Scott Bobb in Tehran reports reformist leaders have held a news conference to mark their victory. TEXT: Leaders of the Islamic Iran Participation Front told reporters in Tehran (Tuesday) they were not surprised by their victory, nor by the desire for change that it shows. Front leader Mohammadreza Khatami said they were surprised only by how overwhelming the support is. /// KHATAMI ACT ONE /// All of this election was (surprising) for all people. We knew what was happening in the society of Iran. /// END ACT /// Dr. Khatami explained that the first priority of his group in the parliament, or majlis, is to deliver on its promise of political reform. /// KHATAMI ACT TWO /// Political development is [our] first priority in the next majlis. So [is] the free information system, like press, and the other thing, the free election, I think those are the first priority in the next Majlis. /// END ACT /// Dr. Khatami -- the younger brother of President Mohammed Khatami -- heads a new generation of politicians that is expected to dominate the parliament. He received two out of every three votes cast in Tehran. /// OPT /// Running second in the capital is Jamileh Kadivar, the sister of an imprisoned prominent reformist. The brother of another imprisoned reformist, Ali Reza Nouri, is running third in Tehran, followed by the brother of the Supreme Leader, Hadi Khomenei. /// END OPT /// Reformists also swept the vote in other major cities in Iran, taking all 10 seats in Mashad and Isfahan, and two of the three seats in Bandaar Abbas. /// REST OPT /// The leader of the Participation Front in Isfahan, Ali Mazreui, said voters there want the same changes as voters in Tehran, though priorities differ according to class. /// MAZREUI ACT /// It depends (on) the class of the people. The middle class and upper class, they are asking for more freedom. But the lower class, they are asking for economic problems (to be solved). /// END ACT /// Election officials have released results from all but a few hundred voting centers in Tehran. According to the results, Participation Front candidates have taken all but three of the 30 seats in the city. /// OPT /// The performance of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani has been followed with particular attention because of reports that he would seek to be speaker of the next parliament. Official results show that the former president has won a seat in parliament in the first round, although he finished at the end of this list. /// END OPT /// (Signed) NEB/SB/JWH/LTD/KL/Mideast 22-Feb-2000 12:56 PM EDT (22-Feb-2000 1756 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .