The ministry adds that reformists had won 16 per cent of seats and independent candidates 15 per cent, after officials finished counting ballot papers from the second round of voting on 25 April.

Mohammadi declined to say how many seats each of the three factions has won in the 290-seat parliament .

However, if the percentages are correct, the conservatives have 198 seats, the reformists 46 and independent candidates have 43.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could face challenges from parliament even though the conservatives have a large majority because many conservatives are believed to oppose the government’s policies, especially relating to the economy.

On 22 April, outgoing economy minister Davoud Danesh Jaafari accused Ahmadinejad of only being concerned by “peripheral” economic issues.