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Iranian Parliament Confirms Long-Serving Speaker For Another Year

Ali Larijani makes his way to the podium after being elected as interim parliament speaker in Tehran on May 29.

Parliament in Iran has confirmed the reelection of its long-serving speaker for another year.

According to state TV, Ali Larijani received 237 votes out of 276 lawmakers present on May 31 in the 290-seat house.

Analysts say the 59-year-old Larijani's election marks an early victory for the moderate conservatives in the new parliament, which convened for the first time over the weekend.

On May 29, he was voted interim speaker, pending the verification of the credentials of new parliament members.

Both the moderate conservatives and the reformists, who won a majority in the parliamentary elections earlier this year, support President Hassan Rohani and the landmark nuclear deal reached last year with world powers.

Based on reporting by AP