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Iran's labor minister resigns as economic protests grow

The first high-profile resignation in President Ebrahim Raisi's government comes as he scrambles to soothe public fury over unprecedented rising living costs.
Iran’s Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare Hojatollah Abdolmaleki.

Iran's Minister for Labor, Welfare and Social Affairs Hojjatollah Abdolmaleki publicly announced his resignation on June 14, officially confirming recent media reports and dodging an impeachment bid planned in parliament corridors. 

Hours after the announcement, government spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi declared at a presser in Tehran that President Ebrahim Raisi had accepted the resignation before appointing a caretaker replacement while keeping Abdolmaleki as an adviser.

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