|I’m considering proposal to take leadership of EC Strategic Research Center: Aref||
TEHRAN – Mohammad Reza Aref says he is mulling over a proposal to take over as director of the Strategic Research Center at the Expediency Council.
“I have been proposed the job and I am thinking about it,” Aref who is a member of the Expediency Council told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.
The post was previously occupied by the incumbent President Hassan Rouhani.
Aref, who served as first vice president under Mohammad Khatami, was a candidate in the June presidential race but he withdrew candidacy just a few days before the election.
There have been rumors that President Rouhani may nominate Aref for the post of science minister if Jafar Tofiqi, the caretaker science minister, fails to win the vote of the parliamentarians.
There have also been reports that he is being groomed for the post of vice president for scientific and technical affairs.
However, Aref said he will not accept any post in the Rouhani government.
“I hope that with the support of the representatives the caretaker science minister becomes minister,” Aref said.
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