1014 GMT October 31, 2020
In a message to new Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Jahangiri congratulated him on his election as the chief of the country’s legislative’s body, according to IRNA.
Undoubtedly, at the current critical juncture when Iran’s enemies spare no efforts to damage the country by imposing the most severe sanctions and exerting political and economic pressures, even during the coronavirus pandemic, the national unity is needed more than ever to solve the problems in the country.
On Thursday, Iranian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to elect ex-Tehran mayor Qalibaf as speaker of the newly-inaugurated Parliament.
During an open parliamentary session, Qalibaf garnered 230 votes from a total of 267 cast by his fellow legislators to take the helm of Iran’s 11th Parliament, Press TV wrote.
The other candidates vying for the post, Mostafa Mirsalim and Fereydoun Abbasi, secured 12 and 17 votes, respectively.
Amir-Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi and Ali Nikzad were also elected as the first and second deputy speakers with 208 and 196 votes each.
The new Parliament chief, 58, is replacing Ali Larijani, who served in the post from 2008 until May this year.
Qalibaf served as the Iranian capital’s mayor from 2005 to 2017. Prior to assuming that post, he was the chief of Law Enforcement Force from 2000 to 2005 and commander of the Air Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from 1997 to 2000.
The new lawmakers were sworn into office during an inauguration ceremony on Wednesday.