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Political machinations in Iran

Reuters reports:

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's candidate to be Iran's new oil minister looked set to win a vote of confidence on Wednesday, easing a power struggle between the president and a hostile parliament.

Ahmadinejad proposed Rostami Qasemi only after it became clear that a close ally he had installed as caretaker minister in June, Mohammad Aliabadi, was considered by many lawmakers to lack experience. Perhaps more important, he was seen as too close to a president they accuse of trying to grab more power. Read the full story.

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