Monday, May 24, 2004

Incoming MPs back Haddad-Adel`s bid for new parliament speaker

IncomingMPs back Haddad-Adel`s bid for new parliament speaker: "Incoming MPs back Haddad-Adel`s bid for new parliament speaker

Tehran, May 24, IRNA -- A group of incoming MPs backed Gholamali Haddad-Adel to become Iran`s next parliament speaker in an unofficial polling held only two days before the incumbent parliament loses its mandate.
Haddad-Adel, an MP from Tehran, won 122 of the 229 ballots cast, to put his presidency beyond doubt against two peers -- the MP from Damghan, Hassan Sobhani, who received 45 votes and the MP from Mashhdad, Mohammad Reza Faaker, who garnered only 37 votes. "

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran to get non-cleric as speaker

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran to get non-cleric as speaker: "Mr Haddad-Adel was nominated by a majority of the incoming conservative MPs in an informal session.
He is a professor of literature and philosophy at Tehran University and leader of the minority conservative faction in the outgoing reformist-dominated parliament.
His daughter is married to Ayatollah Khamenei's son.
Mr Haddad-Adel has tried to give the conservatives a moderate image since their controversial victory in April.
He famously said that the main objective of the conservatives now was to turn Iran into an 'Islamic Japan'. "

Moderate quake jolts western Iran

: "Moderate quake jolts western Iran

TEHRAN, May 24 (AFP) - A moderate earthquake measuring 4.6 degrees on the Richter scale hit Iran's western province of Kermanshah early Monday, but there were no reports of casualties or property damage, the state IRNA news agency said.

Tehran University seismological unit registered the tremor at 4:45 am (0015 GMT), with its epicenter in Hamil district some 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of the provincial capital of Kermanshah.

Iran is situated on some of the world`s most active seismic fault lines and quakes of varying magnitudes are common."