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DATE=5/6/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN ELECTION (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-262064 BYLINE=LISA BRYANT DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Preliminary results indicate that reformist candidates have swept run-off parliamentary elections in Iran, capturing two-thirds of 66 disputed seats. From Cairo, Lisa Bryant reports that the strengthened moderate position comes after hard-line campaigns against Iran's news media and an ongoing spy trial of Iranian Jews. TEXT: Iran's reformist movement now holds a firm majority in the country's new 290-seat parliament that convenes later this month. According to local reports, at least 43 candidates allied to Iran's pro-reform president, Mohammed Khatami, won in the second round of parliamentary elections held Friday. The sweep included seats in key Iranian cities, including Tabriz in the north and Shiraz in the south. Their win adds to the 70 percent sweep of parliamentary seats by pro-reformist candidates in the first round of voting in February. In remarks to reporters, reformist leaders said their gains came as no surprise. They said the results send a clear signal that Iranians want an end to the conservatives' grip on power. But what happens next is uncertain. The election results must be certified by Iran's conservative Guardian Council. The council has yet to certify results from February's elections for Tehran, in which reformists reportedly captured 29 out of 30 seats. The watchdog body has also changed the results of 11 other first-round races. Reformists say that in all the cases, the changes worked against their candidates. Reformists have faced other serious setbacks over the last two weeks. Conservative judges have closed 16 pro-reform publications, including a major newspaper published by President Khatami's brother, Mohammed- Reza Khatami. Several prominent journalists have also been arrested and imprisoned. Memories of another press attack resurfaced earlier this week, with the opening of a trial against suspects in the March shooting of prominent journalist Saeed Hajjarian. Mr. Hajjarian is slowly recovering. Two of the suspects, who confessed to the assault, denied any political ties. But reformists suspect government hard-liners may be behind the attack. In another trial this week, three of 13 Iranian Jews admitted spying for Israel in the southern city of Shiraz. Their lawyers are skeptical of the confessions, however, and human rights groups have denounced the closed-door proceedings. (Signed) NEB/LB/DW/JP 06-May-2000 11:52 AM EDT (06-May-2000 1552 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .