Iran parliament debating on Rouhani's nominees for ministries
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 1
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has addressed the parliament to defend his nominees for three ministerial posts.
Rouhani earlier this month named Reza Salehi-Amiri, Massoud Soltanifar and Fakhroddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani as his candidates to head the three ministries of Sports and Youth Affairs, Culture and Islamic Guidance as well as Education.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri have also attended the parliamentary debate, State TV reported live, broadcasting from the parliament.
The parliament is assessing the qualifications and then it will vote on three candidates proposed by the administration.
During his speech, the president spoke about the country’s economic situation and said Iran is the best and the most secure country for investment.
Rouhani also touched upon the internet, saying that cyberspace is the today's reality and the country should get best use of it, instead of opposing it.
He criticized those who oppose using cyberspace and called on the respective ministries to use internet to its full potential.
Rouhani further said that for making advances in economy, science and technology, the country needs to invest in culture, he said.
Saying that the culture is the best tool to tackle corruption, he added that the government, judiciary and other bodies alone cannot deal with corruption.
Previous ministers of Sports and Youth Affairs, Culture and Islamic Guidance and Education namely Mahmoud Goudarzi, Ali Jannati, and Ali Asghar Fani have earlier resigned amid speculations about cabinet reshuffle in the country.