Iran MPs approve 15 of Rowhani's 18 cabinet picks

Iran's parliament on Thursday approved all but three of President Hassan Rowhani's 18 cabinet picks, allowing the government to start work, parliament speaker Ali Larijani said.

The proposed ministers of education and of science research and technology -- both deemed close to Iran's reformists -- as well as sport did not win the lawmakers' backing, he said in a live broadcast of the voting procedure.

Voted was on a candidate-by-candidate basis and not on the proposed cabinet as a whole.