Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 12 / Trend, S. Isayev
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani early morning today spoke in the country's parliament, defending his nominees for ministries, Iranian state IRINN TV reported live.
It should be noted that Rouhani's nominees will be discussed and assessed by the parliament on Aug. 15, after which the decision will be made on which candidates have been approved.
Speaking in the parliament, Rouhani said he proposed a list of nominees early, for necessity, to help establish stability in country's economy.
"I tried my best to select the most qualified nominees. I feel responsibility towards people, which is the reason I entered the presidentia race in the first place," Rouhani said. "I do believe, that it is possible to meet the demands of people. It would be possible through cooperation of all bodies and organs of the country. With that, we will be able to meet people's demands."
Rouhani went on to note that when he was selecting candidates for the list, he did not pay attention to parties. The president underscored that no proposed minister is in the list because of his political party.
"We respect their qualification, efficiency and expertise - those are the reasons they are being proposed for ministries' posts. They were told that if they want to pick their colleagues, they should not take parties into consideration," Rouhani said. "Moderation and meritocracy have been criteria for choosing the ministers, all of who have strong allegiance to the Supreme Leader."
Rouhani underscored that one of key criterias for him to chose the ministers was - having high capability to establishing strong connection with local enterprises, and playinga more important role in managing country's resources.
"All proposed candidates sympathize with the system. These are the people who are ready to sacrifice and do what is needed to be done for the country's sake. I talked to them separately, and they're feeling the responsibility. I picked people, who understand the objectives listed in my programs," Iranian president said.
"The respected MPs are free to consider, and vote for anyone in the candidates list, and we will respect the votes," Rouhani noted.
Hassan Rouhani won the presidential elections in Iran on June 14, securing over 50 percent of total votes in the country. On August 4, he went through the swearing-in ceremony, and was officially pronounced the new president of Iran.