Iranian MPs elected former Mayor of Tehran and former Revolutionary Guard Air Force commander Mohamad Baqer Qalibaf as the new legislature chairman, replacing Ali Lariyani, who will step down after three consecutive terms.
Qalibaf, who headed the capital between 2005 and 2017, received 230 of the 267 votes this Thursday, which again raised a representative of the hardest wing to the chair of Parliament. The other two applicants, Mostafa Mir Salim and Fereydoon Abasi, added only 12 and 17 backups, respectively.
The Chamber’s vice presidency will be occupied by Amir Husein Ghazizadé Hashemi, who received 208 votes, while the second vice president will be Ali Nikzad, thanks to the support of 196 of his colleagues, the official television reported.
Lariyani, in turn, will act as advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and join the assembly that is responsible for resolving the disagreements between the Parliament and the Guardian Council. With a decree, Khamenei praises Lariyani’s useful experience “and welcomes his work as head of the legislature, said the agency Tasnim.