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Iran Speaker Tells Lawmakers to Watch Tongues in Debate

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told lawmakers to cool their rhetoric after two days of often heated debate over President Hassan Rohani’s cabinet nominees.

In a private meeting today before the hearing resumed, Larijani scolded lawmakers for finger-pointing and reminded them the debate was being broadcast live. He also asked them to stop repeatedly invoking the name of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Even the official Islamic Republic News Agency chided legislators for creating a spectacle before “the watchful eyes of foreign media” and millions of Iranians.