TEHERAN, 4 AUG: Iran’s media says the new president has appointed a US-educated businessman as his chief of staff, his first appointment after taking office.
A report by the official IRNA news agency today stated Mr Hasan Rouhani named Mr Mohammad Nahavandian, a 58-year-old businessman with a doctorate in economics from George Washington University in Washington.
Mr Rouhani was elected in June and was endorsed by the country’s Supreme Leader yesterday, allowing him to begin acting as president. He will be sworn in later today.
In his speech yesterday, Mr Rouhani said his top priority is to resolve economic problems. Mr Nahavandian’s appointment is seen as outreach to the private sector.
Iran’s economy suffers from international sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme, which the West suspects is aimed at developing weapons technology. Iran denies the charge.