1228 GMT January 20, 2020
The session started on Tuesday, with the debate on the candidates as the most important item on the agenda of the day’s open parliamentary session. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani is presiding over the session.
President Rouhani has entered the Parliament floor in order to give a one-hour speech in defense of his proposed candidates.
The Iranian president had written to Speaker Larijani earlier in the month, proposing Massoud Soltanifar, Reza Salehi-Amiri, and Fakhroddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani as his candidates to head the three ministries of Sports and Youth Affairs, Culture and Islamic Guidance, and Education respectively.
Soltanifar is the current vice president and the head of the Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization; Salehi-Amiri is the current head of the National Library and Archives Organization of Iran; and Danesh-Ashtiani is a university professor.
The previous heads of the three ministries, namely Ministers Mahmoud Goudarzi, Ali Jannati, and Ali Asghar Fani, had earlier resigned.
A number of other cabinet members are present at the Tuesday parliament session. Among them are Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri.