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Nikzad Wins Majlis Confidence Vote

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TEHRAN, June 26 (ICANA) – Iran's Parliament (Majlis) has given a vote of confidence to Ali Nikzad, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's candidate for the post of Roads and Urban Development Minister.
Sunday, June 26, 2011 1:32:40 PM
Nikzad Wins Majlis Confidence Vote

During a Majlis open session on Sunday, a total of 237 deputies cast their votes. Nikzad received a vote of confidence from 205 Iranian lawmakers while 16 were against him and 16 abstained.

On Tuesday, Iranian lawmakers approved the establishment of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development following the merger of ministry of Roads and Transportation with that of Urban Development.

The legislators agreed to change the name of the ministry to “meet the demands of the Guardian Council.

On May 22, President Ahmadinejad introduced Nikzad to the Parliament as the candidate to run the ministry.

On May 9, the Iranian government announced plans to merge 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 in line with the 53rd article of the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan.

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

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