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Iran’s oil minister sacked

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 12 – Iran’s Minister of Oil has been sacked, state media reported on Sunday. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Aug. 12 – Iran’s Minister of Oil has been sacked, state media reported on Sunday.

In a letter carried by the official news agency IRNA, hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh from the top portfolio.

No reason was given for Vaziri-Hamaneh’s forced departure.

Gholam-Hossein Nozari, the head of the state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), was appointed as caretaker minister.

Reports had surfaced in Iran’s official media earlier this year that Vaziri-Hamaneh would face the sack for failing to run the ministry in line with Ahmadinejad’s plans.

In a statement in April, however, the Oil Ministry maintained that Vaziri-Hamaneh’s time in office had been extended until the end of Ahmadinejad’s tenure.

The important portfolio of Oil Minister was vacant for several months when Ahmadinejad became President in late 2005, as deputies in the hardline-dominated Majlis (Parliament) voted down three other nominees for the job on the grounds that they were not capable of handling the vital oil sector.

Vaziri-Hamaneh is a veteran Oil Ministry official who served in the previous government as a deputy oil minister.

Iran ranks second in oil production among the OPEC states, accounting for some 80 percent of the country’s export revenues.

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