Iran assembly head wins initial re-election vote, state media reports

By REUTERS
May 29, 2016 09:38

 
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DUBAI- Moderate conservative Ali Larijani was re-elected on Sunday as the temporary speaker of Iran's new parliament which is dominated by first-term deputies.

Larijani, who had cooperated closely with the government of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani in approving Iran's nuclear deal with world powers last year, won 173 votes in the 290-seat assembly, state media reported.

Senior reformist Mohammad Reza Aref, who had been the top vote-getter in the parliamentary race in Tehran, received 103 votes, state media said.

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