Rouhani proposes his cabinet to Islamic parliament

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Tehran (ISNA) - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has submitted the list of his nominees for ministerial posts to the Islamic Parliament (Majlis).

The list, which was presented to the legislature on Tuesday, includes the proposed picks to head 17 out of 18 ministries.

The nominee for the ministry of science, research and technology is yet to be presented to the Iranian parliament.

President Rouhani has changed eight of his ministers from the former cabinet.

Some of the ministers who have retained their portfolios in the list are Mohammad Javad Zarif as foreign minister, Bijan Namdar-Zangeneh as minister of petroleum, Mahmoud Alavi as intelligence minister, Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi as minister of health, and Abdul-Reza Rahmani Fazli as interior minister.

Some of the new picks include Brigadier General Amir Hatami to head the Defense Ministry and Seyyed Alireza Avaie to head the Ministry of Justice.

Other ministers proposed by the Iranian president are Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi as communication and information technology minister, Massoud Karbassian as economic affairs and finance minister, Mohammad Bathaei as minister of education, Ali Rabei as minister of labour, Mahmoud Hojjati as minister of agriculture, Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi as minister of roads and urban development, Mohammad Shariatmadari as minister of industries and business, Seyyed Abbas Salehi as minister of culture and Islamic guidance, Habibolah Bitaraf as energy minister and Masoud Soltanifar as minister of youth affairs and sports.

It was not clear when the nominee for the ministry of science would be named.

The parliament will begin holding debates on the nominees next Tuesday, with the Iranian president being allowed to defend his cabinet picks.

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