With 140 votes against, 104 votes in favor and 10 abstentions from a total of 254 votes, Hossein Modarres Khiabani failed to win a vote of confidence in the Parliament, according to IRNA.
Last May, Rouhani dismissed the former minister of industry, Reza Rahmani, and appointed Modarres Khiabani as caretaker of the ministry to handle the situation in the domestic car market and ensure a steady supply of basic commodities amid the cruel sanctions against Iran.
Rouhani ordered Modarres Khiabani to focus efforts on management of the market and supply of the basic commodities, regulation of car prices, removal of the obstacles to domestic production and promotion of the homegrown products, enhancement of non-oil exports, and improvement of the business activities, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Modarres Khiabani has a record in the mercantile sectors of the government during the past 18 years. He has served in managerial posts in a host of companies, from the cement industry to the engine manufacturing.