Iran President Hassan Rouhani’s son-in-law resigned on Monday just two days after his appointment as head of Iran’s geological survey sparked accusations of nepotism, official news agency IRNA reported.
In his earlythirties and reportedly married to Rouhani’s daughter in a low-key wedding this August, was appointed to the senior position in the industries and miningministry on Saturday.
The minister who appointed him, Reza Rahmani, defended his choice just hours before the resignation, saying Mehdizadeh was “chosen based on his competence and being the president’s son-in-law had nothing to do with it,” according to IRNA.
Iranians on social media renewed criticism of nepotism that had spread last year with the hashtag “#good-genes” — a reference to the son of a prominent reformist politician who attributed his business success to inheriting “good genes” from his parents.
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