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Speaker: Parliament expected a qualified person as Iran's Minister of Roads

Tehran, Jan 9, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel said on Sunday that the legislature expected the nomination of a more efficient person as the new minister of roads and transportation.

Ahmad Sadeq Bonab, proposed by President Mohammad Khatami as a candidate for the office of the minister of roads and transportation, failed to secure a Majlis vote of confidence.

Out of 249 lawmakers attending the Majlis session on Sunday, 129 voted against, 105 cast their ballots in favor of the proposed candidate and 15 were abstained.

Haddad Adel added that Majlis vote of no-confidence for Sadeq Bonab, or for any other person, does not mean that the person is not capable of assuming other responsibilities.

Mr. Bonab is not affiliated to a particular political party but Majlis gave him vote of non-confidence because the body expected that a more efficient person should have been named, he added.

Haddad Adel appreciated Bonab's efforts during his tenure as the caretaker of the ministry in the past three months, expressing hope that Khatami will introduce a qualified person at the earliest.

The open session of the Majlis is to be held on Tuesday.

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