16 August 2013
Newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rohani's 15 of 18 nominees for ministries won approval of the country's parliament on August 15.
For first time in Iran's 34-year Islamic Republic history, a nominee hit the record in terms of collecting the most of votes.
96.5 percent of members of parliament voted in favor of Rohani's choice for Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, Ali Tayyebnia.
Nominee for Energy minister, Hamid Chitchian also secured 95.7 percent of MPs' votes, while five choices of Rohani, including Minister of Health and Medical Education, Hassan Hashemi won above 90 percent of votes.
Five other nominees could hit the record of their precedes' gathered the most votes from MPs during last 34 year as well.
Even Rohani's nominees for more sensitive posts, namely Foreign Ministry and Oil Ministry, whom have been criticized and protested seriously by majority principalist MPs, could gain approval of parliament.
It seems Iranian parliament approved all of Rohani's choices for economic and foreign policy posts despite protests, because mostly of crisis in Iran's current economy and international relations, which is going to reach the irreparable situation.
Serious damages done to Iran's economy and image during Ahmadinejad's 8-year presidency and the necessity of avoiding the continuance of this mismanagement, paradigm shifting from vagarious ambition to logical policy forced MPs to vote in favor of Rohani's technocrat nominees despite objections.
Iran's economy is being suffered form continuant contraction (by 1.9 percent in 2012 and 1.3 percent in 2013), also 39.9-percent inflation, cutting oil exports by two third during last two years, halving the production capacity of industrial unions, alongside increasing sanctions by western countries are not negligible problems for MPs to allow their minds to be occupied by partisan games.
However, three of Rohani's 18 nominees were refused to get qualification from parliament, mostly because of partisan interests and revenge on principlists from reformists.
Nominees for Education, Science, Research and Technology alongside Youth Affairs and Sports Ministries were refused, mostly because they are close to reformists and these posts are not sensitive as much as economic and foreign policy spheres.