Iran General NewsIran parliament approves new reshuffle

Iran parliament approves new reshuffle

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ImageAFP: Iran's conservative-dominated parliament approved three new government ministers named by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday despite mounting criticism of his repeated cabinet reshuffles.

ImageTEHRAN (AFP) — Iran's conservative-dominated parliament approved three new government ministers named by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday despite mounting criticism of his repeated cabinet reshuffles.

Interior Minister Ali Kordan, a former deputy oil minister with previous service in the judiciary and the elite Revolutionary Guards, was confirmed in office by 169 votes to 100.

Economy Minister Shamseddin Hosseini, a former deputy welfare and social affairs minister, won the support of 217 MPs against 52 who opposed his nomination.

Following their dismissals, both their predecessors — Mostafa Pour Mohammadi and Davoud Danesh Jaafari — had joined growing criticism of Ahmadinejad's policies from conservative as well as reformist ranks.

Hamid Behbahani was also approved for the transport ministry by 181 votes to 88.

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