Rouhani Nominates Two Ministers

Rouhani Nominates Two Ministers

President Hassan Rouhani has proposed nominees for two vacant places in his 18-minister Cabinet to the Majlis on Saturday. The lawmakers approved 16 Cabinet members nominated by the reelected president in early August. At the time, Rouhani did not name any candidate for the Science Ministry, which is in charge of higher education. His nominee for energy minister was not approved. Mansour Gholami, a PhD holder from Australian University of Adelaide in horticulture, has been picked for science minister. And former deputy energy minister, Reza Ardekanian, a PhD holder from Canadian McMaster University in Water Resources Engineering, has been proposed for energy minister, IRNA reported. Lawmaker Akbar Ranjbarzadeh said the parliament would start vetting the proposed candidates as of Sunday for a week and then would hold a vote of confidence on Oct. 29. Rouhani has been criticized for his all-male Cabinet, with some speculating that he would field a woman science minister to stem the discontent. This hope, however, has been dashed. The president, however, has appointed two women as vice presidents and one as presidential assistant in his Cabinet, keeping the share of women in his second administration at the same level as his first.

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