Iranian parliament votes to keep 2 ministers in their jobs
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TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday voted in
The voting was seen as part of the factional push and pull between hard-liners in parliament and moderate President Hassan Rouhani's administration.
At a morning session, Labor Minister Ali Rabiei, whose opponents had blamed him for unemployment rising to about 12
State TV reported that out of 253 lawmakers present at the session, 124 voted to keep Rabiei while 126 voted to fire him and two abstained. One vote was made void because it was late.
Under procedural regulations, abstentions in parliament are counted as an
Lawmakers had also criticized Rabiei for the collision of a tanker that burned and sank off the coast of China, killing 30 sailors in January. The Labor Ministry manages some 60
His defenders, however, said not all the accusations were directly related to his ministry.
In the afternoon session, lawmakers decided 152-92 votes in
Akhoudi's opponents have alleged that his mismanagement contributed to the plane crash last month in southern Iran of an ATR-72, an Iranian twin-engine turboprop used for short regional flights. All 65 people onboard were killed in what was the latest fatal aviation disaster for Iran.
Akhoudi's defenders put the blame for the crash on Iran's outdated fleet and years of Western sanctions over Tehran's contested nuclear program under which Iran was barred from buying necessary plane parts.