Iran president officially forms new ministry
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced the formation of the newly-established Roads and Urban Development Ministry days after his choice to run the ministry won the Parliament vote of confidence, Press TV reported with reference to Mehr News Agency.
The Iranian chief executive in a decree issued on Wednesday declared the establishment of the new Ministry of Roads and Urban Development following the merger of the Ministry of Roads and Transportation with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
The announcement comes as Iran's Parliament on Sunday gave a vote of confidence to Ali Nikzad, Ahmadinejad's candidate for the post of the Roads and Urban Development Minister.
During an open parliamentary session on Sunday, a total of 237 lawmakers cast their votes. Nikzad received a vote of confidence from 205 Iranian parliamentarians while 16 were against him and 16 abstained.
On May 9, the Iranian government announced plans to merge the Ministries of Roads and Transportation with Housing and Urban Development, Energy with Oil, Industries and Mines with Commerce, and Welfare and Social Security with Labor and Social Affairs in line with the 53rd article of the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan.
According to Iran's Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), the Iranian government is obliged to reduce its ministries from 21 to 17 to improve the efficiency of state bureaucracy.