Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, has held the first meeting of his new cabinet.
Top of the agenda was the economy. Rohani told those assembled at the meeting that they would work hard to make Iran prosperous and to improve people’s living standards.
The president has pledged to pursue “serious” talks to ease tensions with the West and to repair Iran’s image abroad after eight years of confrontation under former president, Ahmadinejad.
15 of the Ministers chosen by Rohani were approved by parliament on Thursday, another three were rejected for being too reformist. Many of the new ministers have lived or been educated in the West, as has Rohani.
For Iranians, a boost to the flagging economy is desperately needed.
International sanctions imposed over Iran’s disputed nuclear programme have hit businesses and households hard. Prices have rocketed, inflation is up, and oil exports from Iran have halved since 2011.
All eyes will be on Rohani and his cabinet to see if their deeds can match their words.