Iran nominates new ministers to parliament

29 July 2008
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has nominated three new ministers for approval by the Majlis (parliament), following the end of a caretaker period for those holding the interim posts.

Ali Kordan, the deputy oil minister, has been proposed as interior minister replacing Mehdi Hashemi, the deputy interior minister for development affairs, according to PressTV, an official Iran news agency. It is unclear if Kordan will continue to hold his oil role if he wins parliamentary approval.

Seyyed Shamseddin Hosseini, director general for economic studies at the Commerce Ministry, has been put forward as economy minister, replacing caretaker Hossein Samsami, the secretary of the government's economic commission.

Hamid Behbahani, the interim roads and transportation minister was nominated for the role on a permanent basis.

The Majlis is expected to vote on the changes in early August.

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