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Vote of confidence sessions for Raeisi's cabinet choices underway in Iran parliament

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

The second day of the confidence vote sessions in Iran's parliament started with reviewing the credentials of Ebrahim Raeisi's pick for the ICT minister.

As is the rule, two pros and two cons speak for or against the nominee, who will then defend his credentials for 30 minutes. By the cyberspace protection bill, the legislator refers to a controversial bill recently introduced in parliament that seeks to fill the legal gaps in the internet.

Some believe if passed into law, the new bill would restrict the activities of cyber users, and others say it would ensure the intellectual property of online businesses in Iran.

The credentials of the proposed ministers of intelligence, economy and health were also put to debate on Sunday.

Parliament had scheduled to review at least five nominees each day to wrap up the process by Tuesday. But after two days, lawmakers have managed to examine only five of the 19 ministerial picks.

While lawmakers have vowed to wrap up the vote of confidence sessions swiftly, they are already behind schedule. They say this is because they want to avoid any future problems with the government and let Raeisi form a cabinet that has the least friction with people's representatives.

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