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Iran Lawmakers Reject Rohani's Science Minister Nominee

Source: RFE/RL (photos by Marzieh Soleimani, Islamic Republic News Agency)

Iran's conservative-dominated parliament has rejected President Hassan Rohani's nominee for science minister over his pro-reform tendencies.

Iranian Science Minister nominee, Fakhroddin Ahmadi Danesh Ashtian, speaking in the Parliament

The parliament on November 18 overwhelmingly voted against the candidacy of Fakhroddin Ahmadi Danesh Ashtiani, who has called himself an "independent" figure and promised to appoint new faces as his deputies.

Ashtiani, 59, had served as deputy science minister under reformist former President Mohammad Khatami.

President Rohani attended the Parliament session to defend his Science Minister nominee

Another nominee for the science minister post, Mahmud Nili Ahmadabadi, was rejected by parliament in October.

Former Science Minister Reza Faraji Dana was dismissed by parliament in August for allowing the return of students and academics who had been banned from universities following mass protests linked to the controversial 2009 presidential election.

The authorities of the minister of science, research, and technology include oversight of Iran's universities and students.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and RFE/RL's Radio Farda

Copyright (c) 2014 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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