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Iran’s Rouhani proposes fifth nominee for science minister

After Danesh-Ashtiani, President Rouhani’s fourth pick for the Ministry of Science, failed to secure the approval of parliament, he introduced Mohammad Farhadi to the chamber.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has proposed Mohammad Farhadi as the new nominee for minister of science, research and technology.

Farhadi was nominated through a letter to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Wednesday.

Majlis has 10 days to examine the qualifications and programs of the proposed minister and the lawmakers are to hold a vote of confidence on the proposed minister next Wednesday.

Farhadi, an otolaryngologist, is currently the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society.

He served as the Minister of Health in the cabinet of former President Mohammad Khatami.

Farhadi is the fifth nominee proposed by President Rouhani for the minister of science, research and technology.

On November 18, Iranian lawmakers voted down Fakhroddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani, the fourth nominee for the post.

On October 29, Iranian lawmakers also rejected Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, Rouhani’s third nominee for the position.

Back in August, Iran’s parliament had also voted former minister Reza Faraji-Dana out of office in an impeachment session.

Rouhani’s first choice, Jafar Mili Monfared, was given the vote of no confidence by the MPs over his alleged ties to 2009 post-election unrests.

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