Mixed Reception to Cabinet Lineup

Lawmakers have expressed mixed feelings regarding the Cabinet picks proposed by the reelected President Hassan Rouhani.
Reformist-minded legislators resented the low number of ministers representing their camp as well as the exclusion of women in the all-male ministerial makeup, while others have labeled it as “inclusive”.
Rouhani presented the list of his ministerial nominees to the Majlis on Tuesday for a vote of confidence. The list includes candidates to head 17 out of 18 ministerial positions, nine of which are currently ministers and eight are newcomers. The nominee for Science Ministry is yet to be introduced.
In a recent talk with ICANA, lawmaker Fatemeh Hosseini, a reformist, said the Cabinet lineup does not meet the expectations of people who voted for Rouhani.
Reformists have expressed dissatisfaction over the choice of ministers, arguing that they threw their weight behind Rouhani in the last presidential election after he promised to push for more reforms and open up to the West, promises, they believe, help him garner 24 million votes.
The support of reformists was instrumental in Rouhani’s reelection as the camp is currently enjoying high popularity, with reformists sweeping all the seats in the last Tehran City Council elections, held concurrently with the presidential election in May, coming on the back of dethroning the parliamentary conservatives in 2015.
“Women’s demands, minorities and the aspirations [of people who voted for Rouhani] have gone unheeded in the Cabinet,” she said, predicting that “changes are expected in the lineup.”
Senior reformist lawmaker, Mohammad Reza Aref, the head of the Hope faction in Majlis, tried to lighten the situation by suggesting that the government alone is not responsible for failing to field any woman minister.
“This is not all the administration’s fault,” he said. “However, there is no excuse for not introducing a female minister.”
Rouhani, who was reelected in May by securing 57% of the vote, has always been…

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