More than 3,400 candidates were vying for a spot in Iran’s Parliament on Saturday, and the results were expected to help Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cement his grip on power. However, Ahmadinejad's sister did not win a seat in parliament — a major blow to the controversial leader and, according to one analyst, a "possible sign of fraud." Other early results suggested Ahmadjinedad's supporters may be losing ground. The election took place against the backdrop of economic sanctions because of its nuclear program, which Iran maintains is peaceful, and Israeli threats to attack Iran before it can build nuclear weapons.
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