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Iran: Qalibaf elected Majlis speaker

One-time mayor of Tehran and former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Air Force commander Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf (sometimes Ghalibaf) was elected speaker of the conservative-dominated Majlis-e Shura-ye Eslami (parliament) on 28 May, following the general election in February. Qalibaf replaces the speaker since 2008, Ali Larijani, who has been appointed Rahbar (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s adviser and Expediency Council member.

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