The parliament of the Iranian government officially approved the chosen ministers for the new president, Ebrahim Raisi’s cabinet on Wednesday, August 25 under orders from the country’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
The parliament approved 18 ministers proposed by Raisi and only rejected one of them, Hussein Baghgoli, the proposed minister of Education.
Raisi himself was selected for the presidential position by Khamenei. His history of human rights abuses leads to the suspicion that he was selected to help Khamenei consolidate power within the regime. During the vetting process of the candidates for the ministerial positions, the infighting in the regime became evident.
The infighting reached a point that Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf acknowledged and reminded the parliament that the entire vetting process is a show. It is Khamenei who makes the ultimate decision.
Ghalibaf stepped in when the quality of one of the prospective ministers was questioned by a regime MP and stated that Khamenei is ‘personally responsible for defense, security, and foreign policy matters’, and that previous governments also sought Khamenei’s approval for the appointment of key ministers.
Ebrahim Raisi has claimed he intends to resolve Iran’s economic and social crises, and ‘The situation requires this administration to start working’. But he refused to say how his administration would resolve Iran’s crises.
The Minister of Interior position has been filled by Ahmad Vahidi, a Brigadier General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and former head of the IRGC’s Quds Force, known for their terrorist activities. He currently has an arrest warrant out for him in Argentina in regards to his role in the Jewish Community Center bombing in the country that took place in July of 1994.
Javad Owji has been assigned to the role of Minister of Oil. He has previously served as a manager for two financial institutions under the control of Khamenei, the ‘Execution of Khomeini’s Order’ and the ‘Mostazafan Foundation’.
The Execution of Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) is the same plundering institution tasked with producing vaccines but has only devoured billions of dollars. The lack of vaccination has resulted in over 372,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus across Iran.
The construction minister position went to Rostam Ghassemi, who previously served as oil minister under Ahamdinejad and was once involved in one of the largest embezzlement cases in Iran’s history, the corruption case of Babak Zanjani.
As for Raisi’s Foreign Minister, that position went to Hossein Amir Abdollahian, a key member involved in the regime’s terrorist schemes.
During the Sunday session of the Majlis, [Abdollahian] vowed to support the “resistance front,” an umbrella term the regime uses to refer to its proxy terrorist groups in the Middle East region. Amir Abdollahian previously vowed to continue the path of “Qassem Soleimani,” the eliminated commander of the Quds Force.
The majority of the cabinet is made up of men with extensive criminal histories, and the question remains as to whether or not they are the best people to control the crises that Iran is currently facing.
Khamenei handpicked this government and selected Raisi to complete his policy of consolidating his regime by increasing oppression and plunder. Khamenei has chosen this path out of desperation because his regime cannot resolve people’s problems, as it has created them.