Skip to main content

Outrage in Iran over reassignment of 'corrupt' minister

The Iranian Parliament’s quick confirmation of Mohammad Shariatmadari as labor minister has sparked an outcry on social media, as lawmakers were very recently moving to impeach him as minister of industry.
Iranian Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari gives a press conference in Tehran on June 30, 2018. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Iranian Parliament is going through a strange period these days. Former Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari, who was on the verge of being impeached, has now been confirmed by lawmakers as Iran’s new minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare — even as he faces accusations of corruption and disapproval by the public.

Reformist parliamentarians’ decision to back him as minister of labor has disappointment growing among their supporters by the day.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 for annual access.