Allies of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate in the ultraconservative clerical regime, have won 15 of the 16 seats in Tehran in the Assembly of Experts election , state media reported early Monday. The Assembly of Experts is an 88-member clerical body that will elect a successor to the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The elections on Friday for the parliament and the Assembly of Experts are widely seen as a referendum on President Rouhani. His administration spearheaded the nuclear deal, which put curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions that have hurt its economy. Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, lost his seat, along with another prominent conservative, Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati was the only hard-liner to win in Tehran, according to state media. Pro-Rouhani reformists and moderates that united under the banner of […]