Iran Parliament starts confidence vote to candidate for post of Sports and Youth Minister
Iran's Parliament has begun discussing a vote of confidence to Hamid Sajjadi, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's candidate for the post of Sports and Youth Minister, Press TV reported with reference to IRNA.
Iranian lawmakers are scheduled to debate plans proposed by Sajjadi and discuss his vote of confidence during a parliament's open session on Tuesday.
Addressing the session, Ahmadinejad pointed to Sajjadi's successful sports backgrounds and brilliant performance in sports and said he enjoys the capabilities to run the Ministry of Sports and Youth.
According to the parliament internal regulations, the Iranian chief executive has one hour to introduce a proposed minister and elaborate on his plans.
After the president's speech, two lawmakers will speak in favor of the proposed minister and two others against him.
Sajjadi will then have 30 minutes to explain his plans and answer questions raised by the lawmakers.
After opponents and proponents express their views on the nominee, the president will have another 30-minute chance to defend Sajjadi and the parliament will then start giving vote to the candidate.
In a letter sent to Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Monday, Ahmadinejad introduced Sajjadi as the candidate to head the newly-established Ministry of Sports and Youth.
The announcement came after the top Iranian parliamentarian filed an official complaint with the Judiciary against Ahmadinejad and criticized the administration for refraining from implementing a ratification concerning the formation of the new ministry.
According to the parliament ratification, the Physical Education Organization and the National Youth Organization will be merged to form the Ministry of Sports and Youth.
However, Ahmadinejad's letter to Larijani has drawn negative reactions from Iranian lawmakers.
A member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the parliament, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, described the letter as a "goblet of poison" for the Parliament and demanded that the speaker returns it to the government.
Larijani then responded by saying that he did not like the letter and its rationalizations but urged lawmakers to not consider the letter as a "goblet of poison" and allow the parliament to pass over the issue.
He further stressed that he considers the letter wrong and unjustifiable but said he sees no need to return it to the government.