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Iran's Raisi hands his cabinet lineup to parliament for confidence vote

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

Ebrahim Raeisi handed to parliament a list of his proposed cabinet ministers on Wednesday, a week after he took the oath of office as Iran’s new president.

Legislators now have one week to review the credentials of Raeisi's picks before an open vote of confidence session is held with the presence of the president himself to defend his nominees.

The list consists of 19 nominees for 19 ministerial posts. Among the proposed names are Hossein Amirabdollahian as the new foreign minister, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani as the defense minister and Esmail Khatib as the intelligence minister.

Lawmakers seem to not have issues with the proposed list and have promised to be cooperative with the new administration.

Ebrahim Raeisi won the June 18 election by a landslide, securing 64 percent of the vote.

He was sworn in on August 4, two days after he was officially endorsed by Iran's leader.

Raeisi had two weeks to introduce his proposed cabinet lineup, but he released the list a week ahead of the deadline.

Parliament says it will be swift to review the list of nominees in order to speed up the formation of the new cabinet.

If all goes as planned, open vote of confidence sessions will be held on parliament floor after the week-long deliberations over the credentials of the proposed ministers wrap up behind closed doors.

Given the close ties between parliament and the new government, lawmakers expect the vote of confidence process to draw to a close in less than three work shifts.

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