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Iran's Ahmadinejad to Propose Permanent Oil Minister

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, July 15 (ICANA) – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to nominate a new oil minister later this month, with the current caretaker minister, Mohammad Aliabadi, being put forward for the permanent post.
Friday, July 15, 2011 10:34:49 PM
Iran's Ahmadinejad to Propose Permanent Oil Minister

“As per previous practice, those ministers who are already serving on the posts will be nominated,” said Mohammad Reza Mirtajedini, vice-president in charge of parliamentary affairs.

In addition to the oil minister, Ahmadinejad will nominate three other ministers: Industry, Mine and Trade; Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Affairs; and Sports and Youth.

IRNA said parliament would debate the suitability of the ministers and vote to approve them or not within a week of their nomination, now scheduled for July 24.

Ahmadinejad will be nominating Aliabadi to a parliament that is already highly critical of his dismissal of former Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi in May and his further attempt to appoint himself to the position.

Aliabadi, who attended the June 8 meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, himself is hardly a favorite candidate among parliamentarians.

The head of parliament's energy committee said Aliabadi, who was serving as head of Iran's Olympic Committee at the time of his appointment to the oil ministry, was the “worst choice” and that he would damage Iran's energy sector.

At the time, Ahmadinejad defended his decision, saying he was only implementing a plan to merge the oil ministry with the energy ministry, but critics viewed his move as an effort to take control of the country’s oil and gas revenues.

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