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Publish Date: 10:30 - 21 August 2014
Tehran, YJC. MPs kept Faraji Dana from continuing his job in the Science Ministry only 9 months into his tenure.


Faraji-Dana failed on Wednesday to win a vote of confidence by Iranian MPs.

Faraji-Dana, 53, was impeached after a number of lawmakers prepared a petition accusing him of impeding scientific progress of the country with his policies, IRNA reports.

Out of the 270 lawmakers present in the voting session, 145 legislators voted against Faraji-Dana and 110 in his favor while 115 abstained.

Born in 1960 in the holy city of Qom, Faraji-Dana is a politician who served as chancellor of the University of Tehran and former president of Iranian branch of the New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

He studied electrical engineering at the University of Tehran, and at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo in 1993. He is currently a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Tehran.

On October 27, 2013, Majlis gave a vote of confidence to Faraji-Dana after the lawmakers refused to approve the qualifications of Rouhani’s initial nominee for the position, Jafar Mili-Monfared.

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday appointed Mohammad Ali Najafi as caretaker minister of science, research and technology.

The President called on the head of Iranˈs Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization to take the helm of Ministry of Science, hours after former minister Reza Faraji Dana failed to win the Iranian lawmakersˈ vote of confidence in an impeachment session.

Out of the 270 lawmakers present in todayˈs session, 145 legislators voted against Faraji Dana, while 110 voted in his favor, with 115 abstentions.

Rouhani in a decree, issued on Wednesday, appointed Reza Faraji-Dana as his advisor for scientific and educational affairs.

In his decree, President Rouhani appreciated Faraji-Dana for his unsparing endeavors during his tenure as minister of science, research and technology.

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