By: Jabbar Fazeli, MD
The Iranian parliament completed its deliberation and voted to reject three of president Rouhani's cabinet nominees--they voted to approve the other 15 nominees (1,2).
Key ministries, such as the foreign ministry, defense, Energy and intelligence, are to be filled with moderate conservative and conservative conservatives, and as such they had an overwhelming vote of confidence from the conservative leaning parliament.
Other posts such as eduction, labor, sports, etc were left to the reformists and semi-reformists. The MPs have insisted that each Minister prove their allegiance to the regime and their non-association with the "green movement". The MPs also took issue with some of the nominees "western education".
The three rejected cabinet candidates are:
-Mohammad Ali Najafi, education minister
-Jafar Milimonfared, science, research and technology minister
-Masoud Soltanifar as sports and youth minister.