Par­lia­ment ap­proves Rouhani’s picks to head sci­ence, en­ergy min­istries

Iran Daily - - National -

Par­lia­ment gave its vote of con­fi­dence to Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani’s nom­i­nees for the two re­main­ing cabi­net posts. Af­ter ex­ten­sive de­bates dur­ing two Par­lia­ment ses­sions on Sun­day, Rouhani’s picks for the two min­istries ob­tained the green light from the Ira­nian law­mak­ers, Press TV re­ported.

At the end of the evening ses­sion, Man­sour Gho­lami, the pro­posed nom­i­nee for the Min­istry of Sci­ence, Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy, won the vote of con­fi­dence with 180 Ira­nian law­mak­ers in fa­vor, 82 against and 14 ab­sten­tions.

Also, 225 law­mak­ers gave their ap­proval to Reza Ar­daka­nian, the pres­i­dent’s pick for the En­ergy Min­istry while 38 op­posed and 13 ab­stained.

Ar­daka­nian won the law­mak­ers’ con­fi­dence vote af­ter Rouhani’s first pick, Habi­bol­lah Bi­taraf, failed to re­ceive a vote of con­fi­dence on Au­gust 20.

Rouhani did not name any can­di­date for Min­istry of Sci­ence, Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy when he in­tro­duced his cabi­net mem­bers to the Par­lia­ment on Au­gust 8.

In a let­ter to Par­lia­ment Speaker Ali Lar­i­jani last week, Rouhani sub­mit­ted the names of the nom­i­nees for the two re­main­ing cabi­net posts.

The Ira­nian pres­i­dent won re­elec­tion back in May. He took the oath of of­fice ear­lier in the same month af­ter be­ing for­mally en­dorsed as the Ira­nian chief ex­ec­u­tive by Leader of the Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion Ay­a­tol­lah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.


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