"Although we liked that Dr. Nili would have attended this session today, we respect the vote of the Majlis,” stated Hassan Rouhani with expressions of regret as he was heading a session with his cabinet on Wednesday.
He expressed hope that his next nominee receives the Majlis’ vote of confidence.
Iranian lawmakers in a session on Wednesday gave a vote of no confidence to President Hassan Rouhani's nominee for minister of science, research and technology Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi.
Addressing the parliament President Rouhani said that today our universities need a calm atmosphere and that Nili Ahmadabadi is a moderate manager who is away from extremism.
Despite the president statement in support of his nominee out of 246 lawmakers who cast their votes, 160 lawmakers voted against his nomination while 79 were in favor and seven abstained.
Nili Ahmadabadi is a professor of metallurgy at the University of Tehran, and the current chancellor of the institution. Based on the constitution the President has only two weeks to introduce a new nominee for the post otherwise after three weeks the president should personally run the affairs of the ministry until a nominee wins a confidence vote from the Parliament.