Leaders of Iran

Monday, December 27, 2004

Transport Ministry's Caretaker Appointed - Ahmad Sadeq Bonab

Iran Daily: "Transport Ministry's Caretaker Appointed

TEHRAN, Oct. 4--Government Spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh here Monday said the treatment meted to the cabinet has been unjustified.
Addressing his weekly press briefing, he said he did not consider it justified that a minister who had been spending over 60 billion rials in his ministry could be impeached for purchasing an audiovisual system, IRNA reported.
Ramezanzadeh also announced that Ahmad Sadeq Bonab has been appointed as caretaker of the Ministry of Roads and Transportation.
Sadeq Bonab has been serving as deputy roads and transportation minister for economic affairs.
Former minister of roads and transportation Ahmad Khorram was impeached on Sunday and failed to secure the parliament's vote of confidence.
Ramezanzadeh also announced Khorram has been appointed presidential advisor.
Responding to remarks that a great deal of money was spent on the inauguration ceremony for the Imam Khomeini International airport, he said the expense could have been reimbursed in the first week if the airport was allowed to operate while the country now has to pay dearly in maintenance cost for an airport that is idle.
He confirmed that Abtahi submitted a letter of resignation to the president even before the start of the Seventh Majlis, but President Khatami has not responded to it.
Ramezanzadeh noted that since the changes made to the fourth development plan (2005-2010) stripped the plan of its effectiveness, the Management and Planning Organization has been asked to present a new version of the plan within two weeks to the cabinet."

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