Iran’s parliament has approved the outlines of a motion to consider relocating the country’s capital from Tehran to another city despite opposition from the administration of President Hassan Rouhani.
Under the proposal, a council would be established to draw up an overarching plan in two years’ time at the latest on selecting a suitable location for the new political and administrative capital of Iran.
The Rouhani administration is against the proposal which has yet to receive final approval by the MPs.
Iran’s Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Majid Ansari later on Tuesday dismissed the proposal as "not viable," citing problems such as covering the financial costs of relocating the capital and questioning the viability of transferring all government institutions and commercial hubs from Tehran.
With a population of nearly 8.3 million and more than 14 million in the wider metropolitan area, Tehran is the largest city in Iran as well as in Western Asia.