Rouhani pick for universities minister spurned

November 18, 2014 10:49 PM

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DUBAI: Iran’s Parliament Tuesday rejected for the fourth time President Hassan Rouhani’s nominee to head the sensitive Higher Education Ministry in a further setback to his attempts to liberalize universities.

The choice of science, research and higher education minister is significant as it sets ideological guidelines for universities, which have been arenas for pro-democracy activities and clashes with conservative hard-liners.

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