Cleric urges Rohani to form a cabinet of tested, loyal figures

A senior cleric has advised Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani to form a Cabinet of “tested” elites and figures loyal to the country’s Islamic establishment.

Addressing worshippers in Tehran, Interim Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahhedi Kermani hailed the voter turnout in the June 14 election, where Rohani secured an outright victory, and praised the nation’s choice as an insightful manager and a revolutionary figure loyal to the leadership of the Islamic Revolution.

The cleric noted that the incoming president yet had to shoulder the burden of naming a cabinet and selecting advisors and deputies.

“This is a very difficult task,” he noted, calling on Rohani to pick “those who have proved their allegiance to the Leadership and their concern for the [Islamic] Revolution.”

“Our brother Mr. Rohani should select such individuals who are compassionate and servants to the nation,” Movahhedi Kermani added.

He stressed that the right choice of ministers is the key to solving the problems, especially the economic hardships, facing the country.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to participate in the June 14 presidential election. The Interior Ministry put the voter turnout at 72.7 percent.

Rohani won 50.7 percent of the vote to secure an outright victory.

He currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the country’s Supreme National Security Council, is a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts, and is also president of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research.

By Press TV


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