Trans­port, la­bor min­is­ter sur­vive im­peach­ment

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

The Ira­nian trans­port and la­bor min­is­ters suc­ceeded to win a vote of con­fi­dence in an im­peach­ment ses­sion in the par­lia­ment on Tues­day.

Ab­bas Akhoundi, the min­is­ter of trans­port and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, se­cured 152 votes in fa­vor, 92 against and 2 ab­sten­tions.

In the 290-seat par­lia­ment, 246 MPs were present in the vot­ing ses­sion for the trans­port min­is­ter.

It was the third time that Akhoundi was be­ing im­peached. He has been in the post since Rouhani elected pres­i­dent in 2013 and named his cab­i­net in the Au­gust of that year.

Prior the im­peach­ment process, the pro-re­form Hope par­lia­men­tary fac­tion an­nounced that it would sup­port Akhoundi in his post.

MP Elias Hazrati said Akhoundi’s min­istry has suc­ceeded to at­tract the high­est lo­cal and for­eign in­vest­ment and this must be praised.

Akhoundi was be­ing grilled over a num­ber of is­sues in­clud­ing a pas­sen­ger plane crash that killed all 66 peo­ple on board in the south­west­ern city of Ya­suj on Fe­bru­ary 18. Some law­mak­ers blamed Akhoundi’s mis­man­age­ment for the deadly crash.

De­fend­ing him­self, Akhoundi said, “Air safety is of para­mount im­por­tance.”

La­bor Min­is­ter Ali Ra­biei also sur­vived im­peach­ment. How­ever, he re­ceived the least votes in com­par­i­son to Akhoundi.

Ra­biei se­cured the vote of con­fi­dence gain­ing 126 out of 253 votes in fa­vor, 123 against, and two ab­sten­tions.

He faced im­peach­ment for al­leged mis­man­age­ment.

Sev­eral cab­i­net mem­bers, in­clud­ing First Vice Pres­i­dent Es’haq Ja­hangiri, Cul­ture Min­is­ter Ab­bas Salehi and chief of the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment Isa Kalan­tari ac­com­pa­nied Akhoundi dur­ing the hear­ing at the leg­is­la­ture.

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