A leading hard-line opponent of Iran's moderate president was reelected Sunday as the head of the country's powerful parliament.
Of the 258 deputies present in the 270-seat Majlis, or parliament, 165 voted to reinstate Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri as speaker for his third one-year term, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Also reelected were the incumbent 12 members of the parliament's presiding board, Nateq-Nuri's two deputies, three clerks and six secretaries, IRNA said.
Hard-line opponents of President Mohammad Khatami have used their hold on the Majlis in an effort to stall his pro-democracy reforms.
A power struggle between hard-line and moderate factions inside Iran's Islamic government intensified after Nateq-Nuri was routed by Khatami in last year's presidential election.