Tehran city council has appointed Seyyed Mohammad Ali Afshani as the new mayor of the city.

During a May 13 session of Tehran City Council, two candidates succeeded to win the necessary votes to compete for the post of mayor in Tehran, in which Afshani secured the highest number of votes, 19.

His rival Samiollah Hosseini Makarem, who is serving as the Acting Mayor of Tehran, obtained only one vote.

The pro-reform politician Afshani, currently serves as deputy interior minister of Iran.

Afshani will replace Mohammad Ali Najafi, who resigned as mayor last month.