Ex-Iranian roads minister Rostam Qassemi dies weeks after resignation

Iran’s former minister of roads and urban development, Rostam Qassemi, has passed away, weeks after he stepped down from the post due to health complications.

Iranian media reported on Thursday that Qassemi died at the age of 58 “following a period of illness,” without giving further details.

Earlier, Qassemi, a former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters, was said to be suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy.

He tendered his resignation to President Ebrahim Raisi last month. Former lawmaker Mehrdad Bazarpash replaced him after securing a vote of confidence at the Iranian Parliament on Wednesday.

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