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Iran's Parliament Re-elects Hardliner Qalibaf as Speaker

May 28, 2024
1 min read
The Islamic Republic’s parliament on Tuesday re-elected hardliner Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf as its Speaker
The Islamic Republic’s parliament on Tuesday re-elected hardliner Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf as its Speaker

The Islamic Republic’s parliament on Tuesday re-elected hardliner Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf as its Speaker. 

Of the 287 lawmakers voting, 198 backed Qalibaf to retain the position he first assumed in 2021. 

He initially became the Speaker after a series of unsuccessful presidential bids and 12 years as the mayor of Tehran.

Qalibaf is also known for his role as a Revolutionary Guard general during the violent crackdown on Iranian university students in 1999. 

As police chief in 2003, he reportedly ordered live gunfire against students.

Qalibaf ran unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 2005, 2013, and 2017, withdrawing the last time to support hardliner candidate Ebrahim Raisi. 

Raisi, who later became president, died in a May 19 helicopter crash along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and six others.

In Tuesday’s poll, challenger Mojtaba Zonnouri, a hard-line Shia cleric and former head of the parliament’s national security commission, received 60 votes. 

Manouchehr Mottaki, a former foreign minister under hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, won only five votes.

The parliamentary election in March saw the lowest voter turnout since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Presently, hardliners hold over 230 of the 290 seats.

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