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Rouhani nominates fifth minister as battle with parliament intensifies

The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has put forward his fifth suggestion for the country’s science minister, after the parliament rejected all of his previous candidates.

The latest candidate, Mohammad Farhadi, is a doctor specialising in ear, nose and throat conditions, who is head of the Red Crescent Society, which is equivalent to the Red Cross. He was minister for health under the former, reformist president, Mohammad Khatami.

Farhadi was presented by Rouhani, also a reformist, after the parliament voted to reject the previous nominee, Fakhroddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani. On 18 November, the conservative-dominated 290-seat parliament voted by 171 against to 70 for the proposal.

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