Iranian President Due in Parliament Tuesday to Defend New Cabinet

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani plans to attend an open session of the parliament on Tuesday to defend the nominees for cabinet posts, the spokesman for the presiding board of the parliament said.

Iranian President Due in Parliament Tuesday to Defend New Cabinet

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Behrouz Nemati pointed to the process of approving Rouhani’s new cabinet and said according to internal regulations, he will attend the parliament on Tuesday to defend his proposed candidates.

He further emphasized that vice-presidents and proposed ministers also plan to attend the open session of the parliament.

Nemati added that President Rouhani is slated to brief the MPs on his future plans and expound on the major policies of the 12th administration.

Earlier on Tuesday, Rouhani submitted the list of his proposed ministerial picks to the Parliament for a vote of confidence, four days after his swearing-in ceremony.

President Rouhani took the oath of office on Saturday. He had two weeks to submit his new cabinet to the parliament but drew up the shortlist in only four days.

The proposed ministers in the list are as follows, according to the administration’s official website:

Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance: Massoud Karbasian

Minister of Intelligence: Seyed Mahmoud Alawi

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Mohammad Javad Zarif

Minister of Communication and Information Technology: Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi

Minister of Education: Seyed Mohammad Bathayee

Minister of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education: Seyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi

Minister of Labor, Cooperatives, and Welfare: Ali Rabiyee

Minister of Agricultural Jihad: Mahmoud Hojjati Najafabadi

Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics: Brigadier General Amir Hatami

Minister of Justice: Seyed Alireza Avayee

Minister of Roads and Urban Development: Abbas Akhoundi

Minister of Industry, Mine, and Trade: Mohammad Shariatmadari

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance: Seyed Abbas Salehi

Interior Minister: Abdolreza Rahmaini Fazli

Oil Minister: Bijan Namdar Zanganeh

Minister of Energy: Habibollah Bitaraf

Minister of Sports and Youth: Massoud Soltanifar

Half of President Rouhani’s proposed cabinet has remained unchanged compared to his first term.

Only the position of minister of Sciences, Research, and Technology is still falling vacant.

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