Rouhani urges Iran MPs to cooperate as parliament opens
Tehran: President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranian lawmakers to “cooperate” with his government in a speech on Wednesday during the inaugural session of the new parliament following February elections swept by conservatives.
“I hope that in the year that remains for this government we will be able to cooperate and work together,” Rouhani said in the address before the newly formed parliament, or Majles.
Iran is scheduled to hold a presidential election in spring 2021.
The 11th legislature since the Islamic revolution of 1979 opened as the country’s economy, which has been hard hit by the novel coronavirus, gradually returns to normal.
In a sign that the fight against the virus is still far from over, however, a seat was left vacant between each deputy. But the elected representatives wore no masks.
Rouhani, who is in the final year of his second and final term, called on MPs, collectively and individually, to place the “national interest above special interests”, “party interests” or “constituency interests”. – AFP