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Iran’s parliament still to approve science minister

Iran’s president has proposed Fakhroddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani as the country’s next science minister, following parliament's decision to refuse his previous choices.

President Hassan Rouhani put Danesh-Ashtiani forward in a letter to parliament on 11 November, according to an article by the Iranian Students’ News Agency, which is regarded as close to the country’s conservative branch. A vote of confidence will be held next week to determine whether he should take on the role.

Danesh-Ashtiani is a civil engineer specialising in seismology, and has previously held the position of education minister, according to the Agence France-Presse news agency.

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