Iran parliament spurns Rouhani pick for universities minister for 4th time

November 18, 2014 12:56 PM

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Iran parliament spurns Rouhani pick for universities minister for 4th time

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's parliament on Tuesday rejected for the fourth time President Hassan Rouhani's nominee to head the sensitive Ministry of Higher Education in a further setback to his attempts to liberalize universities.

The choice of Minister of Science, Research and Higher Education is significant as it sets ideological guidelines for universities, which have been arenas for pro-democracy activities and clashes with conservative hardliners.

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