In an open session Wednesday Majlis (parliament) endorsed President Hassan Rouhani’s fifth nominee to head the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.
The parliamentary session was held in the presence of President Rouhani during which he urged the lawmakers to support his nominee. It was attended by 235 lawmakers and chaired by Speaker Ali Larijani.
The chamber approved Mohammad Farhadi as the minister of science, research and technology with 197 votes in favor, 28 against, and 10 abstentions.
Farhadi needed 50 percent plus one of the votes to become minister.
Last Tuesday, Majlis turned down Rouhani’s fourth nominee Fakhreddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani.
Danesh-Ashtiani failed to obtain a vote of confidence when 171 lawmakers voted against him, 70 in favor, and 13 abstained.