Iranian former president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (L), Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani (C) and President Hasan Rouhani attend the opening session of the new parliament in Tehran on May 28, 2016. / AFP / ATTA KENARE
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Moderate conservative Ali Larijani retained the speakership of Iran's parliament Sunday despite major gains for reformists in February elections, benefiting from credit gained by his support for last year's nuclear deal.Reformists took 133 of the 290 seats in parliament."Larijani can better direct parliament than Aref," Gholam Hossein Karbaschi, the leader of one reformist faction, the Construction Party, told the Shargh newspaper Tuesday.Rouhani is president but ultimate power in Iran rests with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who called on the new parliament to remain faithful to the principles of the Islamic revolution of 1979 that saw relations with Washington ruptured the following year.
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