Iranian parliament debates Ahmadinejad's cabinet

Iran's parliament began a three-day session on Sunday to debate and vote on Ahmadinejad's proposed new cabinet.

Iranian parliament debates Ahmadinejad's cabinet

Iran's parliament began a three-day session on Sunday to debate and vote on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proposed new cabinet following his disputed re-election in June.

"In the name of God, I open the session of majlis with 197 members present," Ali Larijani, the speaker of parliament, said in his opening address which was broadcast by state radio.

Iran's parliament has 290 lawmakers. Parliament is expected to deliver its verdict on the proposed ministers on Wednesday after three days of debate.

The president's cabinet has 21-members.

Some members of parliament have said they are "likely to reject" several ministerial nominees because of their lack of experience. Political analysts expect the assembly to approve a cabinet eventually.

The president, presenting his new government and its planned policies to parliament, told MPs he planned "important steps forward" during his second four-year term.

"In the new government we are prepared to serve people with all our might ... and I'm certain parliament is going to support us," he said in comments translated by Iran's English-language Press TV.

Ahmadinejad's proposed cabinet line-up includes three women, for the posts of education, health and social welfare. They would be the first female ministers in the Islamic Republic.


Reuters

Last Mod: 30 Ağustos 2009, 17:30
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