In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses a group of teachers in Tehran, Iran, Monday, May 2, 2016. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged newly-elected lawmakers Saturday to resist "schemes" from the West as parliamentarians met in Tehran for the first time since elections finished in April.The 290-member parliament was inaugurated in the presence of 265 members, with three seats vacant after votes for two MPs were nullified by Iran's constitutional oversight body, the Guardian Council, and a third member died in a car accident.Only after the position is filled will be clear whether Iran's conservatives or the moderate-reformist allies of President Hassan Rouhani have a working majority.Reformists took 133 of the 290 seats, short of a majority but ahead of conservatives, who took 125 seats.
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