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Iran's Majlis Speaker: It is up to GC/EC to decide on oil minister nominee

Tehran, Nov 23, IRNA-Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said on Wednesday that based on Article 135 of the Constitution, the affairs of no ministry should be handled by a caretaker longer than three months, it is up to the Guardians Council (GC) and Expediency Council (EC) make a decision on the nominee for the post of oil minister.

Speaking to the media, he referred to the failure of the third proposed oil minister to receive a vote of confidence from Majlis as a rare instance.

"Though during Khatami's term in office, a similar case was observed about the proposed nominee for the ministry of roads and transportation, it did not end up being referred to GC.

"But President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in position to call upon the GC to reflect its view on the issue," he added.

Haddad-Adel said that despite Majlis' refusal to give a vote of confidence is surprising it should not be interpreted as the parliament's non-cooperation with the government.

"There is no doubt about Majlis' full cooperation with the government. The Majlis' approval of financial assistance for the government and ratification of budget addendum are good examples of this," he added.

In response to a question about the criticism raised by MPs on president's not consulting the Majlis about the nominee for oil minister, he said that this is not legally binding but that it would have been preferable.

He pointed out that consultation between government and Majlis would help achieve an agreement and called for such consultations.

Majlis rejects oil ministry nominee

Majlis on Wednesday gave vote of no confidence to the third proposed oil minister, Mohsen Tasalloti.

Out of 261 MPs present at the Majlis, a total of 254 deputies cast their votes. 139 MPs voted against, 77 for and 38 abstained so Tasalloti failed to obtain the vote of confidence.

Since Thursday November 24 will be the last day of the president's legal 3-month deadline to introduce the new minister, the Guardian Council will have to decide whether the president must introduce a new nominee by tomorrow (November 24) or he has to appoint another caretaker for the ministry for another three months.

Majlis has previously refused to give vote of confidence to Ali Saeedlou, President Ahmadinejad's first nominee for the position.

After his proposed oil minister, Ali Saeedlou, failed to obtain the vote of confidence, the president appointed Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh as caretaker of the ministry.

The second nominee, Sadeq Mahsouli, withdrew before the Majlis voting. He said in his letter to the president, "Due to the strategic position of the oil minister, I prefer somebody else who can secure higher votes in the Majlis to undertake the big job."

President Ahmadinejad was elected as Iran's sixth president by over 17 million votes in the run-off elections held on June 24.

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