Elections in Iran suggest a setback for conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Friday's elections were for the powerful clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, along with local government.
On a turnout of 60%,( and just because BBC says so we should believe it) the big winners seem to be moderate conservatives, while reformists have made a comeback after three poor election showings. ( I am also quite curious to know the definition for moderate conservative and non moderate conservative, somebody enlighten me please. If Rafsanjani is a Moderate Conservative I don't know what to call the rest of them)
Moderate former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani sealed a landslide win for a seat on the Assembly of Experts.
With most of the results for local elections announced throughout the country, the president's allies have failed to win control of any council.
With about 20% of the Tehran votes counted, Mr Ahmadinejad's supporters were said to be in a minority. Candidates supporting moderate conservative Mayor Mohammed Bagher Qalibaf were ahead.
Not a single candidate supporting the president won a seat on councils in the key cities of Shiraz, Rasht or Bandar Abbas.
The president's supporters have also failed to main significant gains on the Assembly of Experts, which can dismiss the supreme leader.
BBC Iran affairs analyst Sadeq Saba says the message is loud and clear and is likely to increase pressure on President Ahmadinejad to change his policies.
Reformists hailed the early results. The Islamic Iran Participation Front said: "It is a big 'no' to the government's authoritarian and inefficient methods."
The biggest winner, our correspondent says, is Mr Rafsanjani, who was defeated by Mr Ahmadinejad in the 2005 presidential elections.
A conservative cleric close to Mr Ahmadinejad, Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, came only sixth in the Assembly of Experts poll.
The overall turnout was about 10 percentage points up on the 2002 local elections.
I am not surprised to hear such reports since BBC has always been the mouthpiece for the Regime and a tool used by them to legitimize IRI!!!!!