Rouhani urges Iran MPs to ‘cooperate’ as parliament opens May 28, 2020 0 537 12345 AFPTehranIranian President Hassan Rouhani urged lawmakers to “cooperate” with his government in a speech Wednesday during the inaugural session of the new parliament following a February election swept by conservatives.Many MPs are ultra-conservatives who oppose Rouhani on almost all issues, from running the sanctions-hit economy and combating the coronavirus outbreak to managing relations with arch foe the United States.The parliament, which shapes debate in Iran, had been closed for six weeks until April 7 as part of measures aiming to curb the spread of COVID-19. Iran has been hit by the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak. The health ministry said the virus had claimed another 56 lives in the past 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 7,564 dead out of 141,591 cases.“I hope that in the year that remains for this government, we will be able to cooperate and work together,” Rouhani said in the address before the parliament, or Majles.Rouhani, who is in the last year of his second and final term, called on MPs to place the “national interest above special interests”, “party interests” or “constituency interests”.The moderate president defended the performance of his government, which has faced criticism from its conservative and ultra-conservative opponents who now form a parliamentary majority.In his speech, Rouhani denounced what he called the “psychological war” and “economic and medical terrorism” that he said Washington was waging against Tehran.But he said the Iranian nation had stood up against “the enemy” and that its resistance had won.The president praised his government’s performance in dealing with the virus as a source of “great pride”, adding that Iran was “among the countries that have succeeded”.Fereshteh Sadeghi, a political journalist in Tehran, expressed doubt the new parliament would cooperate.“Rouhani again offers olive branch to new parliament, saying he doesn’t seek confrontation but friendship,” she tweeted in English. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule May 28, 2020 0 549 French court rejects bail for Rwanda genocide suspect May 28, 2020 0 528 UN confirms 15 cases of COVID-19 among Syrian refugees in Lebanon May 28, 2020 0 1053 Eight Yemeni soldiers killed in rebel attack: Source AFP Dubai Eight Yemeni government troops were killed and several others wounded in a missile attack by Huthi rebels targeting the army command in the battleground province of Marib, a military official said Wednesday. .. African Development Bank chief hits back over graft accusations AFP Abidjan The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, hit back on Wednesday at accusations of corruption and vowed to continue working. In a press statement, Adesina slammed .. Rouhani urges for stricter laws after murder of 14-year-old Tehran Following the murder of a 14-year-old Iranian girl, which sparked protests across the country, President Hassan Rowhani has called for stricter laws regarding so-called honour killings in a cabinet meeting on .. ADF militia kills dozens in eastern DR Congo AFP Beni Dozens of civilians have been killed in eastern DR Congo in the latest of a string of massacres by the notorious ADF militia, a UN source and a local NGO told AFP on Wednesday. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have .. Saudi coalition says it downed drones launched by Houthis at Najran DPA Riyadh The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen said its forces intercepted and downed drones launched by the Iranian-backed group towards the south-western Saudi city of Najran on Wednesday. The ..