Ali Larijani Confirmed as Iran Parliament’s Speaker

The long-serving speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, was chosen once again by the MPs as the speaker of the 10th Parliament on Tuesday May 31.

In a poll at the open session of the parliament on Tuesday morning, Larijani secured 237 out of 276 votes.

The next candidate, Mostafa Kavakebian, trailed far behind with only 11 votes.

The vice speakers and members of the presiding board were also elected in the session. Masoud Pezeshkian and Ali Motahari were elected as the First and Second Vice-Speakers, respectively.

There are 290 seats in the parliament, known in Iran as Majlis, 8 of which are still vacant.

The parliamentary elections were held on February 26, when more than 60% of some 55 million eligible voters cast their ballots at around 53,000 polling stations across the country.

The run-off votes were also held in late April to fill the remaining seats.

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