Iran's Oil and Energy ministries not to merge: MP

Oil&Gas Materials 25 July 2011 11:38 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 25 /Trend/

The issue of merging ministries of Oil and Energy into one body has been completely canceled, Fars News Agency reported quoting a member of energy commission of parliament Seyed Ali Adyani as saying.

He said combining the two ministries was not discussed," he said.

Earlier Energy Minister Majid Namjou said merging ministries of Oil and Energy into one was not closed.

Previously, Mehr News Agency reported that the government has finalized a list of nominees to head the new merged ministries. Mohammad Aliabadi was nominated as the Oil Minister, Abdolreza Sheikholeslami as the minister for Cooperatives, Labor and social Security, Mehdi Ghazanfari as minister of Industry, Mines and Trade and Mohammad Abbasi as minister of Sport and Youth Affairs.

The four candidatures to be submitted the parliament to receive MPs confidence vote.

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

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

According to the legislation, 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" .