The Iranian parliament has approved President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's nominees for four ministerial posts.
Ahmadinejad attended the Parliament on Wednesday to defend his nominees
Of the 245 MPs present for the Majlis session on Wednesday, 216 lawmakers voted in favor of Rostam Qasemi's appointment as oil minister, 22 voted against, and 7 abstained. Qasemi is the director of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Base, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps' construction contractor.
In addition, 218 lawmakers voted in favor of Mehdi Ghazanfari's appointment as the industries, mines, and commerce minister, 20 voted against, and 7 abstained.
Abdolreza Sheikholeslami was also approved as the minister of cooperatives, labor, and social welfare with 204 votes in favor, 31 against, and 10 abstentions.
And Mohammad Abbasi was approved as sports and youth minister in a 165 to 61 vote, with 19 abstentions.
It is the first time that Iran is having a sports and youth minister.
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