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Iranian Parliament Confirms Long-Serving Speaker For Another Year

Source: RFE/RL

Parliament in Iran has confirmed the reelection of its long-serving speaker for another year. According to state TV, Ali Larijani received 237 votes out of 276 lawmakers present on May 31 in the 290-seat house.

Ali Larijani (C) with reformists Ali Motahhari (L) and Massoud Pezeshkian who were elected as his deputies.
(source: Arman daily)

Analysts say the 59-year-old Larijani's election marks an early victory for the moderate conservatives in the new parliament, which convened for the first time over the weekend.

On May 29, he was voted interim speaker, pending the verification of the credentials of new parliament members.

The leadership of hope
(source: Shargh daily)

Both the moderate conservatives and the reformists, who won a majority in the parliamentary elections earlier this year, support President Hassan Rohani and the landmark nuclear deal reached last year with world powers.

Based on reporting by AP

Copyright (c) 2016 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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