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Conservative speaker re-elected in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran, May 30 (UPI) -- Iran's 270-seat parliament has overwhelmingly re-elected its conservative speaker, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, to another one-year term, signaling a further decline in the legislative power of the supporters of Iran's reformist president, Mohammad Khatami.

The official Iranian news agency IRNA said Nouri received 161 votes, while left-wing reformist Majed Ansari received 85 votes out of the 246 members attending today's session of the 270-seat Majlis, or parliament.

Analysts said Nouri's victory indicates the overwhelming conservative trend in the Majlis. Since Khatami was elected president two years ago, his government and supporters have been in a clear battle with conservatives, who strongly control the legislature and judiciary.

Today's vote came one day after the controversial arrest of IRNA director and chief editor of the official Iran Daily, Fereydoun Verdinejad, who was detained Saturday for six hours before he was released on a bail of 180 million Iranian riyals ($200,000).

Verdinejad, said to be close to Khatami, was summoned to the ``press court'' after 30 complaints were filed against him by state-run television, 20 conservative legislators and the judicial organization of the armed forces and police.


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