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Iran Lawmakers Urge President Ahmadinejad to Pick 'Experienced' Cabinet

By VOA News
11 August 2009

Several members of Iran's parliament have told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to pick experienced members for his Cabinet.

Mr. Ahmadinejad will submit his new cabinet line-up next week, and he has vowed to appoint more young people.

Iranian state media report that lawmakers are urging Mr. Ahmadinejad to make wise selections of experienced ministers if he is to win a vote of confidence in parliament.

The president's reelection on June 12 set off a political crisis in Iran. Iranian authorities have arrested thousands of demonstrators who say the presidential vote was rigged.

Influential cleric and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani this week canceled his turn to lead Friday prayers in an effort to avoid further unrest. Opposition supporters staged demonstrations during Rafsanjani's most recent sermon.

Rafsanjani's office released a statement saying the cleric wanted to avoid any possible clashes resulting from the post-election fall out.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.



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