Iran parliament ends standoff with Rouhani, approves higher education minister

November 26, 2014 2:53 PM

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's parliament voted on Wednesday to approve President Hassan Rouhani's fifth candidate to head the higher education ministry, ending an ideological tussle over a cabinet post important to his pledge to liberalize life in the Islamic Republic.

Mohammad Farhadi, a centrist who held senior positions in a previous reformist administration, secured a 197-28 vote of confidence with 10 abstentions in the conservative-dominated Majlis (parliament).

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