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Ahmadinejad Critic Reelected As Speaker Of Iran's Parliament

Ali Larijani

Ali Larijani

A conservative critic of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has been returned as speaker of Iran’s newly elected parliament.

Ali Larijani was voted in by parliament members on May 28, defeating a challenge from Gholam Ali Hadad Adel.

Larijani and Adel are both described as being close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei but with Adel backing a more moderate approach to Ahmadinejad’s administration.

Conservative opponents of Ahmadinejad won a majority of the seats in parliament in elections that ended earlier this month.

The U.S.-based rights group Human Rights Watch called the elections "grossly unfair" because most of the approved candidates were conservative regime supporters.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP