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Will president’s new pick for Science Ministry get a nod from parliament?

Dr. Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani will be President Rouhani's fourth nominee seeking parliament's a vote of confidence to take charge of the Ministry of Science.

President Hassan Rouhani in a letter to parliament introduced Dr. Fakhreddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani as his new nominee to lead the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on November 11.

Dr. Fakhreddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani
Dr. Fakhreddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani

“According to parliamentary regulations, the Islamic Consultative Assembly has 10 days to analyze the plans of the proposed minister and organize a vote of confidence which is most likely to be held on either November 18 or 19,” said Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Majid Nasirpour.

Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani was deputy science minister at the helm of the planning and finance departments under President Khatami.

Earlier the chamber failed to vote for Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, a replacement candidate introduced by the government of Prudence and Hope to take over the science ministry after Reza Faraji-Dana was impeached on October 29, ten months after the Islamic Consultative Assembly endorsed him for the portfolio.

Ja’far Mili-Monfared, President Rouhani’s first pick for the job, failed to garner a vote of confidence from the chamber too.

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