Larijani Reinstated as Speaker

Principlists gained six seats of the Majlis Presiding Board while the reformists and independents each got three seats
The new Majlis Presiding Board takes oath of office in parliament on May 31.  The new Majlis Presiding Board takes oath of office in parliament on May 31.

Ali Larijani clinched an overwhelming majority of ballots to secure his tenth consecutive speakership victory in the annual vote for the Majlis Presiding Board on Wednesday.

The influential principlist politician won the one-man race for leadership by 204 ballots out of total 268 valid votes.

In separate elections for deputy speaker positions, Massoud Pezeshkian and Ali Motahhari, both members of the reformist-moderate parliamentary faction, were reelected as first and second deputies by 179 and 163 votes respectively.

Gholamreza Kateb, Seyyed Amir Hossein Qazizadeh, Akbar Ranjbarzadeh, Ahmad Amirabadi, Mohammad Vakili and Mohammad Hossein Farhangi were elected as six secretaries of the presiding board, and Assadollah Abassi, Behrouz Nemati and Mohammad Ashouri were voted as observers.

Farhangi and Abassi were the only newcomers voted in this year. They replaced Ali Asghar Yousefnejad and Mohammad Qasim Osmani respectively.

According to ISNA, six seats of the board were for the principlist faction, three for the reformist-moderate faction and three for independents.

In Iranian political parlance, the word moderate refers to supporters of President Hassan Rouhani and his administration.

The first presiding board elections in this term of the 290-member chamber was held in May 2016.

Although principlists hold a bigger share of the presiding board, the reformist-moderate alliance has the biggest parliamentary faction.

The coalition managed to secure a simple majority in February 2016 Majlis vote and put an end to 12 years of principlist dominance over the assembly.

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