Iran’s new Culture Minister appointed
Publish Date : Saturday 17 August 2013 - 10:52
The Iranian parliament (Majlis) concluded a vote of confidence on President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet picks, on Thursday, after four days of debates about the qualification of the ministerial nominees. Ali Jannati won the confidence vote with 234 votes in favor, 36 against and 12 abstentions, and was chosen the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
“I have been selected to work as a Culture Minister in this period when a large number of cultural figures and artists have distanced themselves from the government. I want to restore moderation and peace in the cultural arena of the country without undermining Islamic values,” Mehr News Agency quoted him as saying.
Born in 1949, Jannati is a politician and Iranian diplomat, being son of the Secretary of the Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati.
He was the Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for International Affairs, Iran’s Ambassador to Kuwait and Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs.
He also served as acting head of the Culture and Islamic Communications Organization, Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the Cultural and Social Committee at the Supreme National Security Council, Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs and foreign policy researcher in the Strategic Research Center.
He was also the manager of the Ahvaz branch of the IRIB, Judiciary envoy to IRIB, governor general of Khuzestan Province, member of the Khatamulanbia headquarters and commander-in-chief of Armed Forces in Khorassan Province.
Jannati is a graduate of Haghani School in holy city of Qom.