The Majlis today confirmed Ali Akbar Salehi as Iran’s new foreign minister. The vote was 146 in favor, 60 opposed and 35 abstentions. The 146 votes are the lowest cast in favor of any members of Ahmadinejad cabinet.
A physicist, Salehi is 61 years old and was previously the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). Salehi was born in Karbala, Iraq, to Iranian parents and holds a BS degree from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, the prestigious US institution. He speaks Arabic and English fluently. Salehi is considered a professional technocrat within the Iranian political system.