Iranian President Nominates Three New Ministers

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani introduced three ministerial nominees to lead the country’s ministries of culture and Islamic guidance, sports and youth affairs, and education.

In a letter to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani released on Sunday, President Rouhani named Seyed Reza Salehi Amiri, Masoud Soltanifar, and Fakhreddin Ahmadi Danesh Ashtiani as the ministers of culture and Islamic guidance, sports and youth affairs, and education respectively.

The ministerial nominees will take office after they win confidence vote from the Iranian lawmakers.

In separate decrees on Wednesday, Rouhani had appointed Seyed Abbas Salehi, Nasrollah Sajjadi and Seyed Mohammad Bathaei as the acting ministers of culture and Islamic guidance, sports and youth affairs, and education.

The appointments followed resignation of Ali Jannati, Mahmoud Goudarzi, and Ali Asghar Fani after serving as minsters for over three years.

The developments come as the current administration’s term in office will end next year.

Iran’s upcoming presidential elections are due to be held on May 19, 2017.

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