Iran parliament approves big Rouhani cabinet nominees, rejects 3

By REUTERS
August 15, 2013 21:00

DUBAI - Iran's parliament on Thursday approved all President Hassan Rouhani's big-name nominees for a cabinet of technocrats, which will have the task of implementing his plans to patch up relations with the world and ease international sanctions.

The parliament debated each of the 18 nominees over the course of four days, rejecting thee minor candidates.

Rouhani's nominee for education minister, Mohammad Ali Najafi was turned down after coming under attack by conservative members of parliament for having ties to opposition leaders held under house arrest.

The proposed minister of science and Rouhani's nominee to head the ministry of sport were also rejected.

But parliament approved Rouhani's choice of foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, a US-educated former UN ambassador who has been at the center of several rounds of secret negotiations to try to overcome decades of estrangement between Washington and Tehran.


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