Khamenei's Man Elected Speaker of Parliament
Non-Cleric Elected Iranian Speaker
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
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