Tuesday, May 25, 2004

IOL : Conservatives join Iran parliament

IOL : Conservatives join Iran parliament:

"The driving force of the pragmatic conservative group is Abadgeran, the Islamic Iran Developers Party, which swept the board of Tehran's seats for the 290-seat assembly and has built up a loose coalition of nearly 200 deputies, analysts say.

Abadgeran head Gholamali Haddadadel, a philosophy lecturer related by marriage to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is expected to be elected on Thursday as the first non-cleric speaker of parliament since the 1979 Islamic revolution."

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