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Iranian Parliament Approves Three New Rohani Cabinet Ministers

Iranian President Hassan Rohani (right) delivers a speech introducing three new ministers, who were later approved by the Iranian parliament.

Iranian lawmakers on November 1 approved three new ministers, signaling support for changes in the cabinet of President Hassan Rohani seven months before a presidential election.

State media reported that Reza Salehi Amiri, Saeed Soltanifar, and Fakhredin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani won votes of confidence to take over the ministries of Islamic guidance and culture, sport and youth affairs, and education.

Their predecessors resigned after Rohani criticized them for inefficiency and succumbing to pressures from outside the government.

Rohani allies won big gains in parliamentary elections in February, short of an outright majority but comfortable enough to pass his legislative plans.

Rohani is expected to stand for reelection next year but may face a challenge from conservative rivals who believe Iran has conceded too much in a deal with world powers to limit its nuclear program, while failing to benefit as promised from a lifting of international sanctions.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters