Ahmadinejad sends new candidate as Oil Minister to Parliament

Oil&Gas Materials 26 July 2011 11:49 (UTC +04:00)

Iran Azerbaijan, Baku, July 26 / Trend /

Despite early speculations over Mohammad Aliabadi's candidacy for the Oil Ministry, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose Rostam Ghasemi for the post and will submit his name alongside two other candidates to parliament, Mehr News Agency reported.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will submit the list of candidates to head the newly established ministries of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Security and Industry, Mines and Trade, Oil Ministry and Sport and Youth Affairs will be submitted to the parliament to receive the MPs vote of confidence.

According to the latest news, the government list of nominees to head the new merged ministries includes Roustam Ghasemi 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.

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

The Ministries of Cooperatives, Labor, Welfare and Social Security merged, as did the Mines and Industries Ministry with the Ministry of Commerce.

According to legislation, all functions and administrative powers of these ministries are being transferred into two new ministries of "Cooperatives, Labor and Social Security" and "Industry, Mining and Trade".