Gov’t Backers Seek Interaction on Majlis Speakership

Gov’t Backers Seek Interaction on Majlis SpeakershipGov’t Backers Seek Interaction on Majlis Speakership

A reformist lawmaker said the List of Hope is trying to engage with the major rival group, namely principlists, on the leadership of the next parliament.

Mohammad Reza Tabesh also told reporters on Sunday that the pro-government alliance, which secured a simple majority in the recent legislative elections, has formed a five-member committee to begin a dialogue with principlists, according to IRNA.

"We have asked [incumbent Majlis Speaker Ali] Larijani that principlists also form a five-member committee for interaction, but it has not been created yet," he said.

Tabesh noted that the two sides, which have nearly gained an equal number of seats in parliament, need to reach agreement on key positions of parliament.

The reformist politician said if the top managerial seats in the Majlis were taken by incompetent persons, the assembly would not be able to meet popular demands.

"Through interaction, we should develop mechanisms to let efficient lawmakers hold key positions in parliament," he said.

Senior reformist Mohammad Reza Aref who topped the list of election winners in the capital Tehran and Larijani, a prominent principlist figure, are favorites for the post of speaker.

The new legislature will open on May 28.