Iranian parliament approves president's nominee for science minister
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 26
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's parliament has approved the President Hassan Rouhani's new Minister of Science, Research and Technology after rejecting the first four nominees for the post.
The Iranian MPs gave a vote of confidence to Rouhani's fifth nominee Mohammad Farhadi at an open session which was held on Nov. 26, the Islamic Republic's State IRINN TV reported.
While 197 MPs voted for Farhadi, 28 MPs voted against, and 10 MPs abstained.
Farhadi served as Minister of Health and Medical Education during ex-president Mohammad Khatami's administration (1997-2001) and Minister of Science in the cabinet of former prime minister, Mir Hossein Mousavi (1985-1989).
On Nov. 18 the parliament rejected Fakhredin Ahmadi Danesh Ashtiani - Rouhani's previous nominee for the post. Former nominee Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi also was rejected by the parliament on Oct. 29.
Iranian Parliament dismissed former minister of science, research and technology, Reza Faraji Dana on Aug.20. Rouhani then appointed Mohammad Ali Najafi, a reformist politician as the caretaker for the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.