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New Iranian Ministry Ruled Illegal

Source: Press TV

Iran's Guardian Council says the proposed bill for establishing the Ministry of Infrastructure by the government is against the country's Constitution.

Head of Iran's Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati

In a letter to the Parliament (Majlis) on Saturday, the Guardian Council said the establishment of the Ministry of Infrastructure is against the Principle 133 of the Constitution.

According to Iran's Constitution, the Guardian Council, comprised of six religious and six legal experts, must endorse any legislation passed by the Majlis.

On May 22, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad introduced Ali Nikzad to the Majlis as the candidate to run the Ministry of Infrastructure, which was established following the merger of Ministries of Housing and Urban Development and Roads and Transportation.

On May 14, Ahmadinejad relieved Welfare Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, Minister of Mines and Industries Ali Akbar Mehrabian and Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi from their posts according to the 53rd article of the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan.

According to Iran's Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), the Iranian government is obliged to reduce its ministries form 21 to 17 to improve the efficiency of state administration.

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