Iran’s parliament re-elects ex-IRGC commander Ghalibaf as speaker

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Iranian lawmakers re-elected former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf on Tuesday as the speaker of parliament, state television reported, ending speculation that he might stand as a candidate for president next month.

State TV said 198 lawmakers, out of 287, voted for Ghalibaf, who previously ran unsuccessfully in two presidential races and dropped out of a third to avoid splitting the hardline vote.

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Ghalibaf revived his political ambitions by running for parliament in 2020.

An early presidential election is set for June 28 following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

The registration for presidential candidates will start on Thursday. Ghalibaf had been touted as a potential candidate in the presidential race by insiders and Iranian state media.

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