Khamenei's Man Elected Speaker of Parliament

 Non-Cleric Elected Iranian Speaker

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A leading conservative with family ties to Iran's supreme leader was elected Sunday as speaker of Iran's parliament, the first time since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution that the post has been held by someone other than a cleric.

Gholam Ali Haddad Adel was elected as head of the Majlis, or parliament, after running unchallenged. He received 226 out of the 259 votes in the 290-seat Majlis for a one-year term, according to state-run Tehran radio.

Conservatives won control of parliament in the disputed February elections, in which 2,400 pro-reform hopefuls were disqualified.

Adel, 59, whose daughter is married to the son of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is known for his academic background and leadership of a minority faction in the former parliament. His family ties to Khamenei are expected to strengthen the speaker's position.

Adel's party, Developers of Islamic Iran, won February's polls on a platform of absolute loyalty to Khamenei.

Adel also holds three appointed positions. He is the head of the Persian Language Academy and a member of the Expediency Council, an advisory body that arbitrates between the parliament and the Guardian Council. He also is a member of the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council.