Larijani elected interim speaker in new parliament
(MNA) – Ali Larijani was elected interim speaker in the new principlist-dominated parliament on Monday.
Larijani succeeded to win 173 votes out of 275 votes cast in the 290-seat parliament. Gholam-Ali Hadad Adel, the only rival to Larijani, won 100 votes.
The new parliament was sworn in on Sunday. It is the ninth parliament since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Larijani, a lawmaker from the Qom Constituency, held the post of parliament speaker in the eighth parliament.
In the eighth parliament the competition was again between Larijani and Hadad Adel. In that competition Larijani won 237 votes.
Hadad Adel was parliament speaker in the seventh parliament. Hadad Adel was the chairman of the Majlis Cultural Committee in the previous parliament.
Hadad Adel, a cultural figure, won the highest number of votes in the March 2 parliamentary election in Tehran.