Parliament supports capable women to work in cabinet of ministers in Iran: MP
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 3 / Trend , T.Jafarov /
"Discussing the powers of the new candidates presented for the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament did not make the difference between men and women. If two female candidates, who did not gain votes, would be considered "capable and competent", they would receive the approval of Parliament," a member of the commission on foreign policy and national security of the Iranian Parliament Kazim Jalali told Trend by telephone on September 3.
According to Jalali, the Parliament voted for Marziya Wahid Dyastzherdi, considering her as an authorized person. "Exactly today the Cabinet of Ministers elected the first woman minister. Up to now, the women served as vice president, deputy minister and representative of the Parliament. This testifies that gender equality is ensured in the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.
Jalali said that the discussions in the Parliament over the new candidates for the Cabinet of Ministers took place in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect. He said the parliamentarians freely expressed their opinions on the nomination of ministers.
Parliament launched debates on the new cabinet last Sunday. A total of 286 MPs attended today's meeting. For the first time, 21 ballot boxes, one for each candidate, were prepared. There are 21 ministers in the Cabinet of Ministers: Minister of Industry, Minister of Culture, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Science, Minister of Urban Planning and Housing, Minister of Oil, Minister of Energy, Minister of Labor, Minister of Prosecution, Minister of Defense, Minister of Transport, Minister of Social Welfare, Minister of Education, Minister of Communication, Minister of Security, Minister of Economy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Trade, Minister of Health , Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Cooperatives. The Parliament has voted for 18 of the 21 candidates, and three candidates could not gain enough number of votes.
Energy Minister Mohammad Aliabadi: for - 117, against - 137, abstained - 32. Social Protection Minister Fatima Ajerlu: for - 76, against - 181, abstained - 29. Education Minister Susen Keshaverz: for - 49, against - 209, abstained - 28.
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