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Iran Parliament approves President Hassan Rouhani's picks for important ministries

Tehran: Iran's parliament has approved two nominees by President Hassan Rouhani to head the ministries of energy and higher education.

File image of Iran prime minister Hassan Rouhani. AFP

File image of Iran president Hassan Rouhani. AFP

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani says 225 of 276 lawmakers in attendance voted for Reza Ardakanian to serve as energy minister. Mansour Gholami secured 180 votes to serve as the minister of science, who is in charge of universities and higher education.

Though Iranian universities work under boards of trustees, hardliners do not support reformists for the post of science minister who has influence in picking university chancellors.

With today's vote, Rouhani's 18-minister cabinet is now complete.

Published Date: Oct 30, 2017 07:54 AM | Updated Date: Oct 30, 2017 07:54 AM

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