President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during the opening session of Iran's new parliament, in Tehran May 27, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
TEHRAN, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran's 8th parliament (Majlis) was inaugurated on Tuesday morning with recitation of Quran and playing of Iran's national anthem.
A message from Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed
Ali Khamenei was sent to the inauguration.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the
inaugural session, saying that parliament and government are brothers and must
cooperate in making efforts to meet the Iranian peoples' needs.
Lawmakers of the new parliament also took oath in the inauguration.
Iran's would-be parliament speaker Ali Larijani (R) speaks with Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari during the opening session of Iran's new parliament, in Tehran May 27, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
The 7th parliament had its last session and concluded
its work in the four-year term on Sunday.
After the two rounds of campaign for the legislative
seats in March and April, 69 percent of the total 290 seats in the parliament
have gone for the conservatives while only 16 percent has been taken by the
Iran's majority conservatives on Sunday elected Ali
Larijani, former top nuclear negotiator, as the candidate for speaker in the new
It is still not clear whether the speaker would be officially elected on Tuesday.