Week in Brief 02.11.2018

On Saturday, the President, Hassan Rouhani, sent his candidates for the four ministries to the Parliament. All the four were approved. As a result, Farhad Dejpasand became the new Minister of Economic Affairs; Reza Rahmani, Minister of Industries and Trade, Mohammad Eslami, Minister of Roads and Urbanisation and Mohammad Shariatmadari, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.

Interesting was that Mr Shariatmadari, who was previously the Minister of Industries and Trade, was vastly criticized by the MPs and rumours had it that he is to be impeached soon. However, after resigning from the Ministry of Industries, he made it through to get the Parliament approval to lead the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Donyay-e Eghtesad writes that his negotiations and lobbying with MPs as well as a recommendation letter from the Ministry of Intelligence, endorsed him to get to the new position.

While the economic situation of the country has been very troublesome over the past months, the support of the MPs for the new candidates could bring some hope to find solutions for interior problems.

The candidates for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Industries and Trade were approved by 75% and 76% of MPs respectively.

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