The Iranian Majlis (Parliament) endorsed the appointment of three new ministers on November 9, approving a recent government decision to create a Revolutionary Guards Ministry.
TV & CU INTERIOR Majlis (Parliament) chamber, Hojatolelsam Khalkali, addressing Majlis. (2 SHOTS)
TV Members seated.
SV Hojatoleslam Javed Ejei, new Minister of State for Welfare Organisation seated.
SCU New Minister of Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mohsen Rafiq-Dust seated.
TV & CU New Minister of Islamic Guidance Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami walks to rostrum and speaks. (Farsi SOT). (2 SHOTS)
SV Rafiq-Dust and Majlis member seated.
TV & CU Prime Minister Hussein Mousavi speaks. (2 SHOTS) (Farsi SOT).
GV PAN & CUs Majlis members voting. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: The Iranian Majlis (Parliament) endorsed the appointment of three new ministers on November 9, approving a recent government decision to create a Revolutionary Guards Ministry. In the Majlis vote, Hojatoleslam Javad Ejei was mad the new Minister of State for Welfare Organisation and the newly-created post of Minister of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps went to Mohsen Rafiq-Dust. Until now, the Defence Ministry had control of both the regular armed forces and Revolutionary Guards, a paramilitary force set up after the 1979 revolution to protect the clerical leadership in Teheran, headed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The force has now expanded, combining duties for internal security with military defence of Iran from outside threats. Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami will head the Islamic Guidance Ministry (Information Ministry). The Iranian Prime Minister Hussein Mousavi addressed the Majlis, outlining the government's ministerial proposals, before members cast their votes.