Larijani Re-elected as Iran’s Parliament Speaker
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday re-elected Ali Larijani as the Parliament speaker for the eighth consecutive year.
During an open session of the parliament on Tuesday morning, the MPs held polls to appoint the parliament’s presiding board.
Larijani secured 205 out of 263 valid votes with 22 abstentions. The other candidates for the post, Rouhollah Hosseinian, won only 36 votes.
After the polls, Ali Larijani expressed his gratitude for the lawmakers' confidence in him and hoped that the parliament will fulfill its responsibilities in his tenure.
The Iranian Parliament has currently 290 representatives, changed from the previous 272 seats since the 18 February 2000 election. The most recent parliamentary polls were held on March 2, 2012, and the new parliament was opened on May 27, 2012.
The lawmakers take the seats for a four-year term.
The Zoroastrians and Jews each elect one representative in the parliament, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians jointly elect one representative, and Armenian Christians in the north and the south are each represented by one lawmaker, according to the Parliament’s official website.