Iran’s Parliament on Tue. has commenced a confidence vote session for nominated ministers of President Rouhani’s second-term cabinet.
The Tuesday session is headed by Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and attended by majority of lawmakers. All the 17 nominated ministers for President Rouhani’s second-term cabinet are present at the open session of parliament.
The nominees include:
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology: Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi
Ministry of Intelligence: Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi
Ministry of Economy and Finance: Masoud Karbasian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Mohammad Javad Zarif
Ministry of Education: Seyyed Mohammad Bathaei
Ministry of Health and Medical Education: Seyyed Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi
Ministry of Cooperation, Labor and Social Welfare: Ali Rabei
Ministry of Agriculture: Ali Hojjati
Ministry of Justice: Seyyed Alireza Avaei
Ministry of Defense: Amir Hatami
Ministry of Roads and Urban Development: Abbas Akhoundi
Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade: Mohammad Shariatmadari
Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance: Seyyed Abbas Salehi
Interior Ministry: Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli
Ministry of Petroleum: Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
Ministry of Energy: Habibollah Bitaraf
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports: Masoud Soltanifar
Rouhani’s proposed cabinet still lacks a nominee for the position of Minister of Science, Research and Technology.
President Rouhani then began speaking in defense of his cabinet appointees and introduced every single one of his proposed ministers.
About Interior Minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, President Rouhani called on him to make efforts for strengthening national unity, and appoint women followers of Sunni Islam to various governmental positions. He further named developing border areas, combating trafficking and crisis management as other priorities of his ministry.
President Rouhani further voiced hope that all his 17 nominated ministers would receive vote of confidence from the parliament.