Iran General NewsIran body rules Ahmadinejad can't be oil caretaker

Iran body rules Ahmadinejad can’t be oil caretaker

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AP: In a fresh blow to the embattled Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s constitutional watchdog body has ruled that the president can’t serve as the country’s caretaker oil minister.

The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In a fresh blow to the embattled Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s constitutional watchdog body has ruled that the president can’t serve as the country’s caretaker oil minister.

The semiofficial Fars news agency says the Guardian Council decided it is illegal for Ahmadinejad to occupy the position of the caretaker oil minister.

Ahmadinejad dismissed Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi last week as part of a Cabinet restructuring in which the government must merge eight ministries into four.

In a report published Friday, Fars said the president must name a caretaker oil minister, not himself.

The ruling comes after a senior Iranian official said Ahmadinejad will participate in the upcoming OPEC meeting in Vienna in his capacity as the country’s caretaker oil minister.

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