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Iran nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after US withdrawal

May 13 2018
Iran
Source: 
BBC

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has begun a diplomatic tour to seek assurances that signatories to a landmark nuclear deal will back it despite its abandonment by the US.

Mr Zarif said on his first stop, China, that he hoped to secure a "clear future design" for the agreement.

The US will re-impose sanctions on Iran and firms dealing with it could be hit, angering signatories like France.

President Hassan Rouhani said he hoped Iran could stay in the agreement.

Iranian Supreme Leader Foresees Better Future

Mar 15 2018
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined on Thursday that he believes that a better future is waiting for Iran and the Iranian nation.
"There is a youthful, hardworking and vibrant movement in the country which has consolidated my belief in a better future for Iran more than ever," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a meeting with the Chairman and members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on Thursday.

Iran ministers survive impeachment vote

Mar 14 2018
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Three government ministers have retained their posts after facing impeachment at the Iranian Parliament (Majlis).

On Wednesday, the Parliament (Majlis) impeached Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Hojjati.

Those submitting the plan for his impeachment had argued that he had failed to properly advance devised development plans, and attached more importance to imported agricultural produce rather than domestic cultivation.

Iran roads minister survives impeachment

Mar 13 2018
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi has survived an impeachment bid by the Parliament after securing a vote of confidence from lawmakers.

Akhoundi attended an open session of the Iranian Parliament on Tuesday for his third impeachment since he took the helm in August 2013.

In the session, the minister secured a vote of confidence with 92 lawmakers out of a total of 246 favoring a no-confidence vote, 152 opting against such a vote and 2 abstaining.

Iran’s Parliament begins impeaching ministers

Mar 13 2018
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

The Iranian labor minister has secured a vote of confidence during a hearing session at the Parliament (Majlis) on his alleged mismanagement, as the legislature begins an impeachment process involving three cabinet ministers.

The parliament held a hearing session on Tuesday to discuss the performance of Ali Rabiei, who faced charges of mismanaging unemployment and other government enterprises.

The session began with speeches by six of the protesting lawmakers, and continued with Rabiei’s address in his defense.

Mullah cleric says no for referendum in 'religious democracy'

Feb 17 2018
Iran
Source: 
The Baghdad Post

Mashhad’s firebrand Friday prayer leader hardline Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda says there is no room in Iran for a referendum, Radio Farda reported on Saturday.

Chiming in with others close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Alamolhoda reacted to President Hassan Rouhani’s suggestion for holding referendum to settle disputes in the Iranian society.

Alamolhoda said that suggesting a referendum is tantamount to supporting a secular democracy.

Alamolhoda stressed that it is only the Supreme Leader who can call for a referendum.

Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad arrested for inciting violence.

Jan 08 2018
Iran
Source: 
Dawn News

Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reportedly arrested in Shiraz city for inciting unrest, Al Arabiya reported on Sunday.

Ahmadinejad, who served as the president of Iran from 2005 to 2013, will be placed under house arrest if Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei grants permission to the authorities to do so, according to Al Arabiya. The news of his arrest has been reported by several news outlets.

Iran grapples with how to deal with protests

Jan 05 2018
Iran
Source: 
Al Monitor

Roughly a week after protests began in several Iranian cities, the main challenge facing the establishment in Tehran is how to deal with them. On Dec. 28, few thought that the gathering of a few hundred people in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest and holiest city, was going to result in a domino effect, with protests popping up in several cities around the country.

Iranian State Officials Clash Over Allowing Religious Minorities in Local Elections

Nov 04 2017
Iran
Source: 
Payvand

The head of Iran's judiciary has sided with proponents of banning religious minorities from local elections while the Rouhani government has reiterated their rights as citizens under the Constitution. 

In his October 31 remarks, Chief Justice Sadegh Larijani said that the ban was the Guardian Council's prerogative as the country's highest authority in determining legislative compliance with Islamic principles.

Iran Parliament Starts Vetting Nominees for Vacant Cabinet Posts

Oct 29 2017
Iran
Source: 
Tasnim News

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s parliament began vetting President Hassan Rouhani’s nominees for the two remaining cabinet posts on Sunday, two months after all his proposed ministerial picks except one managed to win the vote of confidence from the lawmakers.

Intensive talks are underway in the parliament about the credentials and backgrounds of Reza Ardakanian and Mansour Gholami, who have been nominated for the positions of the minister of science, research and technology and the energy minister respectively.

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