The victories of principlists come despite efforts earlier by reformists through multiple meetings with independent councilors to secure the chair of the council.
Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that those involved in partisan activities should not overlook ethics in political rivalries.
Proponents and opponents of former President Ahmadinejad seem to see eye to eye on one matter: his trial in a court of law.
An official at the Presidential Office has said that the youth should not allow to be affected by extremist groups and those who think that the revival of moderation would sound their death knell.
The glaring miscalculations of the Ahmadinejad government led to a decline in Iranian authority, says Sadegh Kharrazi, a former Iranian diplomat.
Critics say that a meeting of reformists only debated general issues, not those topics which are directly related to public and national interests.
Reformists hold a gathering for the first time in six years, describing unity and public trust as pillars of the country's national security.
A reformist daily says a gathering which was originally meant to secure convergence among principlists seems to have revealed cracks in their ranks.
Principlists get together to examine ways of securing much-needed unity for parliamentary elections expected to be held in early 2016.
Ali Motahari, an outspoken principlist MP talks about the problems his fellow principlists face in ensuring unity in their ranks.