|Masjed-Jamei elected Tehran City Council chairman||
TEHRAN – Ahmad Masjed-Jamei has been elected as chairman of City Council of Tehran.
During a voting session on Tuesday, members of the Tehran City Council elected Masjed-Jamei as chairman by 16 out of 31 votes.
It was the first meeting of the council since the June 14 elections. The council and presidential elections were held simultaneously on June 14.
Masjed-Jamei, a pro-reform politician, succeeded Mehdi Chamran, a principlist who held the post for two consecutive terms.
Chamran received 15 votes and narrowly failed to be reelected as chairman.
Masjed-Jamei also announced that the council will elect Tehran mayor next week.
The members of the council were scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday with Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of Imam Khomeini, and visit the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic to reaffirm their allegiance to the ideals of Imam Khomeini.
Masjed-Jamei was elected a councilor in Tehran in 2006 as well.
He was minister of culture and Islamic guidance under President Mohammad Khatami.
After the election of Hassan Rohani as president, there was speculation that Masjed-Jamei would be nominated as the minister of culture and Islamic guidance.
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