|Qalibaf reelected mayor of Tehran||
TEHRAN – Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has been reelected as Tehran mayor to serve his third term since his first election in 2005.
During a voting session on Sunday, members of the Tehran City Council reelected Qalibaf as mayor by 17 votes out of 31.
Qalibaf’s main rival, Mohsen Hashemi, received 14 votes.
The first meeting of newly-elected members of the Tehran City Council was held on September 3, in which Ahmad Masjed-Jamei was elected as chairman of the council.
Qalibaf, a former military and police commander, was a candidate in the June presidential election but lost to Hassan Rohani, in second place with 6,077,292 of the votes. He was also a candidate in the 2005 presidential election.
He holds a Ph.D. in political geography from Tarbiat Modares University. He is also a pilot.
Qalibaf promises increased cooperation with administration
In a speech delivered after his election, Qalibaf said that previous problems in relations between the Tehran Municipality and the administration would be resolved.
“We will see the implementation of great plans through cooperation between the municipality and the administration,” he said.
He also said that in his meetings with Rohani after the presidential election, it was emphasized that the municipality and the administration should have closer relations with each other.
The Tehran Municipality and the administration of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were at odds over a number of issues, including the allocation of funds for the development of the Tehran Metro.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he described Mohsen Hashemi, the former CEO of the Tehran Subway Company, as his close friend and said that he would use Hashemi’s experience in running the affairs of the municipality.
Mohsen Hashemi is the oldest son of Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. He was CEO of the Tehran Subway Company from 1999 to 2011.
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