Baku, Azerbaijan, May 31
By Emil Ilgar - Trend:
Iranian lawmakers have voted Ali Larijani as the speaker of Iran's new parliament following February elections.
Based on the primarily voting on May 29, Larijani won the post temporarily on Sunday with 173 votes in a race against Mohammad Reza Aref, but based on the final voting, held on May 31, he captured 237 votes and became the speaker for a four-year term.
Masoud Pezashkian and Ali Motahhari were selected at vice-speakers.
The 290-member parliament was inaugurated Saturday in the presence of 265 members, but the voting of May 31 was held with presence of 276 members.