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GC: Majlis Must OK Ministries Merger

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 12 (ICANA) – Iran's Guardian Council (GC) has thrown its weight behind the country's Parliament (Majlis) amid a row between the executive and legislature over the merger of some ministries.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:39:37 PM
GC: Majlis Must OK Ministries Merger

“Ministers of new or merged ministries are regarded as new ministers and are required to obtain votes of confidence from Majlis,” said Head of Iran's Guardian Council Ahmad Jannati in a letter to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Wednesday.

The letter referred to Article 133 of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Constitution and added that Majlis need to approve any change in the legal duties and the merger of two or more ministries.

It pointed out that no change should be made in responsibilities and authorities of former ministers and ministries ahead of the Majlis endorsement.

On Tuesday, Larijani warned against the “heavy costs” of the government's plan to merge ministries before the Majlis approval, calling for an end to the “illegal” move.

The top Iranian parliamentarian emphasized that ministers who have obtained the Majlis vote of confidence should remain in their posts before dismissal.

Larijani's remarks came a day after the announcement of a government plan for the merger of the ministries of Roads and Transportation with Housing and Urban Development, Energy with Oil, Industries and Mines with Commerce, and Welfare and Social Security with Labor and Social Affairs.

However, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday defended the government's plan, saying the measure was legal and in line with the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan.

According to the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), the Iranian government is obliged to reduce its ministries form 21 to 17 to improve the efficiency of state administration.

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