News ID: 269554
Published: 0203 GMT May 29, 2020

Former Tehran mayor Qalibaf sworn in as Parliament speaker

Former Tehran mayor Qalibaf sworn in as Parliament speaker

Members of the Iranian Parliament elected former Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf as speaker of Iran’s newly-inaugurated Parliament.

During an open parliamentary session on Thursday, Qalibaf received 230 votes from a total of 267 cast by the elected lawmakers, Press TV reported.

Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi and Ali Nikzad were also elected as the first and second deputy parliament speakers with 208 and 196 votes each.

Qalibaf, 58, has replaced Ali Larijani, who served as the Parliament speaker from 2008 until May this year.

The new Parliament started its work on Wednesday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, and Secretary of the Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati in attendance.

In a message to the new legislature, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei highlighted culture and economy as the country’s most pressing issues, which require the legislature’s highest-level of attention.

Iran’s parliamentary elections were held on February 21, 2020. Over 24 million people took part in the polls with the overall turnout of more than 42 percent.

The polls took 276 lawmakers into the 290-member legislature. A second round is also expected to be held in September for the remaining seats.

The 11th Parliament is dominated by principlists.

With the election of the members of the presiding board of the 11th Parliament, the new body has begun its work for the next four years during which solving economic problems is high on the agenda of lawmakers.


Turkey’s congratulations


Turkey's parliament speaker on Friday congratulated his new Iranian counterpart Qalibaf.

"We wish that your parliament sessions in the new term result in good consequences in terms of friendship and good neighborly relations between Iranian people and our country," Sentop told Qalibaf in a phone call, according to Anadolu Agency.

Sentop also noted that he was closely following Iran's fight with the novel coronavirus.

As one of the worst countries affected by the coronavirus, Iran has so far reported 146,668 cases with 7,677 deaths, according to Iran’s Health Ministry.

After “originating in China” last December, COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has spread to 188 countries and regions across the world.

The pandemic has killed more than 360,000 people, with total infections reaching almost 5.9 million, while over 2.4 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.



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