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At last: science minister gets green light from Iran’s parliament

Iran’s parliament has approved Mohammad Farhadi as the country’s science minister, ending a long-running standoff with the president.

President Hassan Rouhani proposed Farhadi on 19 November, after the conservative-dominated parliament had rejected his four previous suggestions. In a vote on 26 November, MPs supported Farhadi’s appointment by 197 for, to 28 against.

Farhadi is a doctor specialising in ear, nose and throat conditions. He was minister for health under the former, reformist president, Mohammad Khatami, and has since served as head of the Red Crescent Society, the country’s equivalent to the Red Cross.

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