News ID: 211611
Published: 1052 GMT March 13, 2018

Parliament reinstates roads, labor ministers

Parliament reinstates roads, labor ministers

Political Desk

The Iranian ministers of roads and urban development as well as cooperative, labor and welfare regained vote of confidence of the Parliament on Tuesday.

The Parliament held a session to impeach the Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi.

The impeachment motion failed to gain the majority of votes and Akhoundi was reinstated with 152 votes for, 92 votes against and two abstention.

The plan for Akhoundi’s impeachment was tendered to the legislature after an Iranian airliner crashed in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj last month, killing all 66 people on board.

The labor minister also secured a vote of confidence during a hearing session at the Parliament on his alleged mismanagement.

Iranian lawmakers gave the vote of confidence to Rabiei by a very narrow margin on Tuesday.

Rabiei took the podium in an open session of the Parliament to respond to the questions of lawmakers.

At the conclusion of the session, attended by 253 MPs, 126 lawmakers voted for the plan to dismiss the minister, while 124 were against his dismissal.

The votes, including two abstentions and one invalid vote, kept the minister in his post by a narrow margin.

The lawmakers are also set to impeach Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Hojjati in the coming days.

He is to be questioned regarding his performance in regulating the market for agricultural produce, addressing the problems facing the factories processing sugarcane, and his alleged recruitment of retired managers.

IRNA and Tasnim News Agency contributed to the above story.


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