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Ahmadinejad faces fight to get cabinet approved

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Ahmadinejad faces fight to get cabinet approved

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks set for a rough ride in getting his new cabinet accepted by Iran’s parliament.

The full ministerial line-up has already been announced and is expected to be presented to Iran’s conservative dominated chamber on Thursday. One day later than usual under Iran’s constitution. Despite the delay, the outcome is being seen as further test on how secure Ahmadinejad’s grip on power is after months of political turmoil. The Iranian leader’s most important choices, include the relative inexperienced Massoud Mir Kazemi. He has been nominated as oil minister. While Heydar Moslehi could become Iran’s information minister. The Iranian President has also nominated three women into the cabinet for the first time. However, it remains to be seen whether he will get parliamentary approval having failed to get his first choices through in 2005.