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Iran's Rohani defends cabinet choices in parliament debate

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Iran's Rohani defends cabinet choices in parliament debate

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Iran’s President Hassan Rohani has been defending the composition of his new cabinet.

In a parliamentary debate ahead of an approval vote, Rohani said he had chosen ministers from across Iran’s factions based on their experience rather than political loyalties.

Some of his nominees have been criticised for being too close to the pro-reform opposition. Conservative factions are unlikely to back the nominees who they believe are linked to opposition leaders who protested against what they called a rigged presidential vote in 2009.

But Rohani told parliament his choices were the best to ensure Iran overcomes its economic crisis and diplomatic isolation.

Parliament is expected to vote on Rohani’s cabinet selection on Wednesday.