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Haddad-Adel elected as Iran's parliament speaker for one year

Tehran, June 6, IRNA -- The newly-appointed Iranian MPs elected Gholamali Haddad-Adel as parliament speaker for one year on Sunday, making him the first non-cleric to fill the post since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Haddad-Adel, running as the sole contender for the post, won 226 votes from among the 259 ballots cast to preside over the 290-seat parliament or Majlis.

The MPs also picked up other presiding members of the parliament, including Mohammed Reza Bahonar as the first deputy speaker and Mohammad Hassan Abu-Torabi as the second deputy speaker.

Three commissioners as well as six secretaries were also elected.

The presiding board were then sworn in, vowing to 'use their maximum capacity for implementing general standing orders of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament) with utmost neutrality'.

Haddad-Adel, 59, emerged as the top winner in Tehran in the February's parliamentary election.

He has a Ph.D in philosophy and a master degree in physics and is said to be skillful in English and Arabic. Haddad-Adel has also a record for delivering lectures at Beheshti University and Sharif Technical University before the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The new parliament speaker has made it clear that the assembly's top priority was to 'reduce fruitless arguments which create tensions' as well as to get down to brass tacks, including daily problems of the people.

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