Iranian Prliament starts Salehi confidence vote
Iran's Parliament (Majlis) has begun discussing a vote of confidence to Ali Akbar Salehi, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proposed foreign minister, Press TV reported.
Addressing a Majlis open session on Sunday, the president stressed the importance of making serious changes in the structure of Iran's Foreign Ministry.
"The structure of Iran's Foreign Ministry should be completely changed in accordance with the mission of the Iranian nation," IRNA reported President Ahmadinejad as saying.
"Foreign policy has been the main mission of the Islamic Revolution," added the Iranian chief executive, who was speaking in defense of his nominee for the post of foreign minister.
He emphasized that the Islamic Revolution has "global" ideals and thoughts.
In a letter to Majlis on January 23, President Ahmadinejad nominated caretaker Foreign Minister Salehi as Iran's foreign minister.
In mid-December, the Iranian chief executive dismissed former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and appointed Salehi which at the time was head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran as the acting foreign minister.
On December 18, Salehi was officially inaugurated as the country's caretaker Foreign Minister.
This is the first reshuffle in President Ahmadinejad's second term in office, which began in 2009.
The Iranian chief executive had also replaced 12 of his cabinet ministers during his first tenure from 2005 to 2009.