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202 MPs: 'Experience and expertise' essential for cabinet nominees

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (Mehr News Agency) - 202 MPs have sent a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisting that nominees for the next cabinet should have "enough experience and expertise".Ahmadinejad

"In addition to respecting Islam, Constitution and the velayat-e faqih (the rule of the supreme jurisprudent) in practice, your colleagues ... should have enough experience and expertise to do their missions," part of the statement said.

The statement added the Majlis will fully cooperate with the administration if the nominated ministers have the required qualifications.

Ministers should be qualified

Followers of the Imam and Leadership Front Secretary General Habibollah Asgaroladi stated on Tuesday that the next cabinet should be formed based on "efficiency and commitment".

Asgaroladi also told the Mehr News Agency that the next cabinet should give priority to cultural issues.

"The president can materialize the objectives of the administration in cultural areas by seeking help from the Seminary and university elites," he stated.

Commenting on the current economic situation, he pointed out, "On the economic aspects, the objectives include the economic reform plan and amending the economic structures."

Compliance with the president

MP Seyyed Reza Akrami revealed that Ahmadinejad in a meeting with the principlist MPs on Monday said that the most important qualification for nominated ministers is that they should comply with the president.

The president also criticized a number of his current cabinet members for lacking this catch-all criterion, Akrami told the Mehr News Agency.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Akrami stated that the MPs have offered a number of suggestions to the president about the cabinet selection.

"Consultation, interaction... and seeking views of the committees and individuals were among the suggestions of the representatives to the president."

Akrami also pointed out that although the meeting was held to discuss the cabinet makeup, Ahmadinejad mostly talked about other issues and the conditions of the country during his first tenure.

Meanwhile, MP Ali Motahhari said that the meeting between Ahmadinejad and the MPs was not successful.

"It seems that Ahmadinejad insists on his previous criteria for selection ministers from a particular group and rejects the qualified figures in the previous administrations and critic individuals" under the pretext that they manage a wealthy life, he told the MNA on Tuesday.

Motahhari added, "Electing a president does not mean that his political, economic and cultural thoughts should be implemented and the ministers become obedient and compliant to him."

No consultations over FM

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee emphasized that the president has had no consultations with the committee about the next foreign minister.

"So far, no consultation has been made with the Majlis and the committees about selecting ministers," he told the MNA on Tuesday.

The remarks come one day after the committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that there have been consultations between the committee and the administration over choosing the next foreign minister.

No joint committee on cabinet makeup

MP Gholamreza Mesbahi-Moqaddam said that Ahmadinejad has shown no interest to set up a joint committee with the Majlis to select ministers.

The MP did not explain why the president shrugged off the offer, just saying, "The president did not welcome the proposal. Thus, you should ask Mr. Ahmadinejad for the reasons."

However, MP Mohammad-Taqi Rahbar told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday that Ahmadinejad has accepted a proposal to establish a joint committee with the Majlis to examine the qualifications of nominees for ministerial posts.

Mesbahi-Moqaddam also stated that Ahmadinejad has refrained from informally introducing the nominees to become aware of the reaction of the MPs to the nominations.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the MP pointed out that Ahmadinejad has emphasized that he is not looking for "obedient" ministers but he wants ministers who will be "coordinated" with the president.

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