All but One Iranian Ministerial Picks Win Vote of Confidence
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The final round of the Iranian parliament’s sessions to vet President Hassan Rouhani’s proposed ministers ended on Sunday as all the nominees except one managed to win the vote of confidence from lawmakers.
Following several days of intensive parliamentary sessions held to discuss the credentials and backgrounds of the proposed ministers, the lawmakers held a ballot on Sunday and voted for all the ministerial nominees except one.
The parliamentary debates had began on Tuesday morning with a speech by President Rouhani.
The nominee for the post of Minister of Energy Habibollah Bitaraf failed to win vote of confidence after 133 lawmakers from a total number of 288 opposed him.
Brigadier General Amir Hatami, the nominee for the post of Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics managed to garner the most votes, 261 out of 288 votes, compared to other ministerial picks.
Minister of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education Seyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi ranked second by wining 253 votes and managed to remain in office.
Minister of Intelligence Seyed Mahmoud Alawi also garnered 252 votes of confidence and Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmaini Fazli won 250 votes.
President Rouhani had submitted the list of his ministers to the Parliament on August 8, four days after his swearing-in ceremony.
The president took the oath of office on August 5. He had two weeks to submit his new cabinet to the parliament but drew up the shortlist in only four days.