Iran's Khamenei warns of Western schemes

 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged newly elected lawmakers Saturday to withstand “schemes” from the West as parliamentarians met in Tehran for the primary time since elections completed in April.

The turbulent state of the area and the world and the worldwide adventurism of oppressors and their vassals have confronted the Islamic Iran with circumstances extra sophisticated than earlier than,” mentioned a message from Khamenei, learn to a packed parliament chamber.

Khamenei, who has the ultimate say on all issues within the nation, repeated his acquainted name for loyalty to the ideas of the 1979 revolution and resistance in opposition to Western infiltration.

It’s the revolutionary and authorized obligation of you to make the parliament a stronghold in opposition to the schemes, charms and impudently extreme calls for of the Conceitedness, his message learn.

Conceitedness was a time period first utilized by the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to explain Western powers, particularly the USA.

The 290-member parliament was inaugurated within the presence of 265 members, with three seats vacant after votes for 2 MPs have been nullified by Iran’s constitutional oversight physique, the Guardian Council, and a 3rd member died in a automobile accident.

Elections for the important thing place of home speaker and the presiding board are anticipated on Sunday or Monday.

Solely after the place is crammed can be clear whether or not Iran’s conservatives or the moderate-reformist allies of President Hassan Rouhani have a working majority.

In response to an AFP depend, no single social gathering gained an total majority in elections that noticed Rouhani make large positive factors.

Reformists took 133 of the 290 seats, wanting a majority however forward of conservatives, who took 125 seats.

The position of the unbiased members can be crucial within the stability of parliament’s partisan powers.

Incumbent conservative speaker Ali Larijani and reformist Mohammad Reza Aref are the highest candidates standing for the place.

Iranian media say Larijani, who supported final yr’s nuclear settlement with main powers, appears to have the higher hand.

Parliamentary polls have been held in late February. A second spherical passed off in April for 68 seats the place no candidate had obtained a minimal 25 % of first spherical votes.

Saturday’s opening session comes lower than a yr after lengthy negotiations between Rouhani’s authorities and world powers culminated in a nuclear settlement that took impact in January and noticed financial sanctions eased on Tehran.

Rouhani addressed lawmakers and mentioned that to succeed in its development goal of eight %, Iran wanted $30-50 billion {dollars} in annual overseas funding.

By elections folks demanded improved way of life and relations in peace and dignity with the surface world, he mentioned

We’d like interplay to unravel the issues and crises of the nation.

Rouhani additionally praised Larijani for his assist of the nuclear the deal and referred to as for extra interplay between the federal government and parliament.

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