Iran’s parliament continues debates on Rouhani cabinet picks

Iran’s parliament continues debates on Rouhani cabinet picks

The nominees need to secure the legislature’s vote of confidence to serve in the new cabinet.

Lawmakers in Iran’s Parliament are holding a second day of debates on President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet picks.

As in the first session, which was held on Tuesday, supporters and opponents are taking turns to speak for and against the proposed ministers.

On Wednesday, Iranian lawmakers began a second round of discussions on the qualification of Rouhani’s 17 nominees for ministerial posts.

The debates in the morning focused on Mahmoud Alavi, Masoud Karbasian and Mohammad Javad Zarif, the president’s picks to head Intelligence, Economy and Foreign Ministries, respectively.

Zarif and Alavi have kept their spots on Rouhani’s list, while Karbasian would be a new figure among the future cabinet ministers, if approved by the MPs.

Rouhani took the oath of office earlier this month after winnning a landslide re-election in the May presidential poll.

Rouhani was earlier formally endorsed as the Iranian chief executive by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

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