Three Cabinet nominees rejected by parliament with 15 accepted
After four days of vetting procedures the Iranian parliament has accepted 15 of President Hassan Rohani’s nominations for his Cabinet but has rejected three others.
According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) the three names that were rejected included Mohammad Ali Najafi, the proposed Minister of Education who received 142 of the 284 casted votes, 133 negative votes, and 9 abstention votes; he was just one vote short of being accepted.
Ja’far Meili Monfared, the proposed Minister of Science, Research and Technology was also rejected. He took 105 votes, 162 negative and 15 abstention votes as was Massoud Soltanifar, the nominated Minister of Sports and Youth who received 117 votes in favour, 148 negative votes, and 18 abstentions.
The top three accepted nominations according to the FARS news agency were Ali Tayebnia, the nominee for the Minister of Economy who took 274 yes votes out of a possible 284 votes, Hamid Chitchian, the Minister of Energy nominee who took 272 yes votes and Hossein Dehqan, the nominee for Minister of Defence who took 269 yes votes.