1148 GMT March 29, 2020
Tehran City Council finally accepted the mayor’s resignation on Tuesday after Mohammad Ali Najafi submitted his resignation for the second time.
Fifteen members voted in favor of the resignation, with five against and one abstention, IRNA reported.
On Monday, the councilors rejected his first request.
The council further appointed Samiollah Hosseini Makarem as the caretaker mayor.
67-year-old Najafi, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was elected mayor of Tehran in August 2017.
Affiliated with the ‘reformist’ political parties, Najafi used to serve as the minister of education and minister of culture in various administrations.
He also took the helm at Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) during President Hassan Rouhani’s first term, but resigned after six months.
Najafi succeeded Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, who was in office for 12 years, but submitted his resignation last week because of “poor health.”