New Iran justice minister nominated

New Iran justice minister nominated

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; BBC profile] introduced Gholam Hossein Elham as his candidate for justice minister to the parliament [official website, in Persian] Sunday. Elham, a strong supporter of Ahmadinejad, currently works as official spokesperson for the Iranian government [official website, in Persian]. In order for Elham to be officially named to the post, the Parliament will conduct a vote of confidence which is tentatively scheduled for February 13. Elham's candicacy is expected to be confirmed.

The post has been open since the previous justice minister, Jamal Karimirad, died in a car accident [JURIST report] last December. AFP has more.