DATE=5/20/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAN/ELECTIONS (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-262603 BYLINE=LISA BRYANT DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Iran's conservative Guardian Council has endorsed the results of February elections in Tehran, certifying a sweep by moderates of 26 out of 30 parliamentary seats. From Cairo, Lisa Bryant reports the council's decision Saturday ends weeks of uncertainty. TEXT: The Guardian Council's endorsement of the Tehran election results translates into yet another victory for reformist politicians aligned with Iranian President Mohammed Khatami. These politicians are now set to control Iran's new 290-seat parliament, which is due to start work by the end of the month. Topping the list of winners in Tehran's parliamentary elections is newspaper publisher Mohammed Reza Khatami, the president's brother. The council also ratified the wins of other key Tehran leaders of Iran's reform movement. Meanwhile, the country's former president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, was among only two conservatives to win a parliamentary seat in the Iranian capital. Mr. Rafsanjani was earlier placed at the bottom of the list of 30 candidates, but the council changed the order of finish and he ended up in 20th place. The council annulled the results for two other Tehran seats. These are expected to be re-contested at a later, as yet unspecified date. The council's decision ends speculation that the supervisory body would refuse to endorse the results, after it reported numerous cases of suspected fraud and irregularity in the Tehran balloting. It ordered several vote recounts and skipped two dates on which it was to announce the results. On Thursday, the council sent a letter to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, refusing to endorse the vote because of the so-called irregularities. But Mr. Khamenei ordered the council to announce its final decision on the elections. Earlier this month, moderate candidates also swept the seats in a second round of parliamentary elections. They now are assured of about 170 seats in the new parliament. For their part, conservative candidates will hold about 70 seats. But conservatives in Iran still control key economic and political institutions, such as the Revolutionary Guards and the state radio and television. They also control the Press Court, which recently closed 16 reformist publications. (Signed) NEB/LB/ALW/JP 20-May-2000 09:57 AM EDT (20-May-2000 1357 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .