Ahmadinejad to introduce new ministers

Business Materials 11 July 2011 16:22 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 11 /Trend/

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will introduce his candidates for four new ministers in next two weeks, the Mehr News Agency reported.

The four candidates will be introduced to parliament to receive the MPs' confidence vote.

According to Mehr, Mehdi Ghazanfari and Abdolreza Sheikholeslami are considered the top candidates for the Industry, Mines and Trade and Cooperatives, Labor and social Security ministries.

While it's speculated that either current oil ministry caretaker Mohammad Aliabadi or one of ministry's deputies will be introduce as new Oil Minister.

Iran's Guardian Council approved formation of 2 ministries earlier, Mehr News Agency reported quoting Guardian Council spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei as saying.

"Members of Guardian Council reviewed the government demand to merge Cooperatives, Labor, Welfare and Social Security, and combine of Mines and Industries with the Ministry of commerce. It did not consider the parliament resolution against the constitution,"

Iran's parliament approved formation of 2 ministries on the bases of five ministries with 174 votes for, five votes against and 5 votes abstained.

Ministries of Cooperatives, Labor, Welfare and Social Security merged into one, while the Mines and Industries joined with the Ministry of commerce and formed a new ministry.

According to the law, all functions and administrative powers of these ministries are transferred into two new ministries of "Cooperatives, Labor and social Security" and "Industry, Mines and Trade" .