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MP Warns of OPEC Presidency Loss

Service : Economy
TEHRAN, May 31 (ICANA) – Iran's Parliament demands President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to designate a new oil minister warning that failure to do so would result in the loss of the OPEC presidency.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:28:18 AM
MP Warns of OPEC Presidency Loss

“A caretaker or oil minister must be in charge of heading the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries; and if we continue with the current trend, Iran will certainly lose OPEC's presidency,” Spokesman of the Energy Commission of Iran's Majlis Emad Hosseini said Monday.

Hosseini called on the president to introduce a new caretaker or oil minister and said Majlis demands an explanation on why Ahmadinejad has not done so already.

On Sunday, a senior Iranian lawmaker said as long as the country's Oil Ministry is run by the president as caretaker, all its activities are illegal and can be legally prosecuted.

Mohammad-Reza Bahonar said President Ahmadinejad's decision to run the Oil Ministry is illegal and called on him to assign a new minister as soon as possible.

In a televised speech on May 15, President Ahmadinejad said he would temporarily run Iran's Oil Ministry following his decision to relieve three Iranian ministers of their duties.

Earlier in May, Ahmadinejad dismissed Welfare Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, Minister of Mines and Industries Ali-Akbar Mehrabian and Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi from their posts in line with Article 53 of the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan.

According to Iran's Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), the Iranian government is obliged to reduce its ministries form 21 to 17 in order to officially improve the efficiency of state administration.

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