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Majlis starts debate on proposed ministers' qualifications

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 21, IRNA

Majlis started debate on credentials of the proposed ministers and the outlines of the government program here Sunday morning.

The Majlis would give vote of confidence to the ministers proposed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the basis of their program, management and executive records.

The Majlis debate is expected to last until Tuesday, August 23.

President Ahmadinejad in a letter to the Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel on August 14, submitted a list of his nominees along with their programs.

The majlis will hold morning and afternoon sessions to review the list of 21-member cabinet and assess the qualifications of each nominee. The debate will be broadcast live on the Iranian radio.

President Ahmadinejad, who is present at the Majlis scene along with his 21 proposed ministers, will brief the deputies on his government programs, introduce each minister and defend the composition of his cabinet.

Following the president's speech, the Majlis will start its debate on the government programs and composition of the cabinet with remarks by ten deputies, five proponents and five opponents. Each deputy has 15 minutes to express his/her viewpoint.

The president or someone he chooses will answer questions to be raised by the opponent deputies.

The Majlis will then start debate on each of the ministers proposed by President Ahmadinejad separately. The portfolios will be debated on the basis of Persian alphabet.

On qualification of each minister, two deputies - one for and one against - will have 15 minutes each to express their viewpoints on the competency and program of the nominee.

In case some candidates are rejected by the Majlis, the president must introduce new nominees within a period of three months.

Vote of confidence on each nominee will be cast separately and each proposed minister needs to win 51 percent of the votes in order to secure a place in the cabinet. There are 290 deputies in the Majlis.

President Ahmadinejad managed to win over 17 million votes as Iran's sixth president during the runoff elections held on June 24.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei confirmed presidency of Ahmadinejad on August 3.

Ahmadinejad took the oath of office at the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) on Saturday, August 6.

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