Iran parliament approves two ministers proposed by Rowhani

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Iran’s parliament, mostly led by conservatives, approved on Sunday two new ministers of moderate President Hassan Rowhani’s government, but rejected a third candidate.

Ali Asghar Fani was approved for education and Reza Faraji Dana for the science, research and technology portfolio, but legislators rejected Reza Salehi Amiri, who had been nominated to become minister of sports and youth, Agence France-Presse reported.

Amiri has been criticized by several deputies for his involvement in the protests that followed the re-election of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, others have accused the sports and youth minister candidate of corruption.

Rowhani has three months to present a new candidate for the sports and youth ministry.

The new minister for the science portfolio, Faraji Dana, holds a doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He had been nominated for the science ministry in the early 2000’s by President Mohammad Khatami, but was rejected by a parliament that was then dominated by reformists, according to AFP.
Asghar Fani, a reformist, briefly served as interim education minister under Ahmadinejad.

Rowhani’s proposed cabinet was attacked for some of its members’ Western education, their alleged ties to the opposition and their lack of experience. On Aug. 15, parliament rejected three of the 18 candidates proposed by Rowhani.

(With AFP)

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