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President Raeisi accepts Iranian labor minister’s resignation

Iranian Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare, Hojjatollah Abdolmaleki resigned on June 13, 2022. (File photo by Tasnim news agency)

Iranian Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare Hojjatollah Abdolmaleki has resigned from his post after coming under mounting criticism over his job creation record and insufficient rise in retirement pensions.

Abdolmaleki announced his resignation in a letter to President Ebrahim Raeisi on Sunday, saying he has decided to step down so that the cabinet would become more coordinated.

Abdolmaleki is the first minister in Raeisi’s administration to leave office. He won the parliament’s vote of confidence last August and resigned only 300 days after assuming the post.

Iranian government spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi said on Tuesday morning that Raeisi has accepted Abdolmaleki’s resignation and has designated Mohammad Hadi Zahedivafa, who is currently deputy first vice president for economic coordination and supervision, as the caretaker labor minister.

“Yesterday, Mr. Abdolmaleki presented his resignation to the President for the second time, and his resignation was approved. We are grateful for his strenuous efforts at the helm of the labor ministry, which were valiant and round-the-clock,” Bahadori Jahromi said.

“He will of course continue his cooperation with the administration and will serve as an advisor to the president starting today,” he added.

According to reports, Zahedivafa holds a doctorate in economics from Ottawa University, Canada.

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