Key Parliamentary Panel Formed

Key Parliamentary Panel FormedKey Parliamentary Panel Formed

Composition of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in the new parliament has been finalized. Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, a principlist member of the commission, made the announcement in a talk with ICANA on Monday.

The lawmaker said the first session of the influential commission will be held next Sunday, in which voting will take place for the posts in the presiding board of the 23-member panel.   

The commission is, among other duties, tasked with overseeing the government's performance regarding the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that came into effect in January. It limits the nuclear program in exchange for the removal of international sanctions against Iran.

Principlists Kazem Jalali, Javad Karimi Qoddousi and Alaeddin Boroujerdi, along with reformist Mostafa Kavakebian, are prominent members of the body.

***Contest for Chairmanship

Boroujerdi, chairperson of the commission in the two previous parliaments, told IRNA on Monday that he will again seek the chairmanship of the commission.  Kavakebian will likely be the only other contender for the post, he said.   

Chairmanship of the 13 permanent Majlis commissions are among key positions in the 290-member elected body.

The new Majlis held its first session on May 28 and the election for the presiding board was held three days later. The moderate principlist Ali Larijani was reelected as chairman as there was no other contender for the top post and extended his eight-year consecutive speakership in the two preceding houses for another year.

The two-round elections for the consultative assembly were held in February and March. Results show that the List of Hope, an alliance of reformists and government backers, have a simple majority and ended the overwhelming gains of the principlist camp in the three previous polls.