President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter to the parliament on Wednesday, announcing his nominees for new ministerial posts.
Proposed ministers: Ghassemi, Abbasi, Ghazanfari, Sheikoleslami
Ahmadinejad has nominated Rostam Qasemi as oil minister, Mohammad Abbasi as sports and youth minister, Mehdi Ghazanfari as the industries, mines, and commerce minister, and Abdolreza Sheikholeslami as the minister of cooperatives, labor, and social welfare.
The nominees have to be approved by MPs in a confirmation vote on August 2 before taking office.
Among the four nominees, only Rostam Qasemi is a new face. Qasemi is the director of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Base, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps' construction contractor. The three others are currently serving as ministers.
The president had already appointed Mohammad Aliabadi as caretaker oil minister, a move which drew widespread criticism from lawmakers.
On July 2, 2011, the parliament gave final approval to a proposal calling for the merger of the Physical Education Organization and the National Youth Organization to form the Sports and Youth Ministry.
In addition, as part of the administration's plan to downsize the government, the Industries and Mines Ministry was merged with the Commerce Ministry, and the Welfare and Social Security Ministry was merged with the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry, and Ministry of Cooperatives.
The Transportation Ministry was also merged with the Housing and Urban Development Ministry.
On June 26, the parliament overwhelmingly approved Ali Nikzad for the post of transport and urban development minister.
According to the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), the government is obliged to decrease the number of ministries from 21 to 17 to improve the efficiency of the government.
Iran's Fifth Five-Year Development Plan is part of the 20-Year Outlook Plan (2005-2025), which is the country's main blueprint for long-term sustainable development.
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