Khamenei urged Iran MPs to approve cabinet: Deputy Speaker

Last Updated: Friday, September 4, 2009 - 16:14

Tehran: Iran`s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recommended that Parliament approve embattled President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s new cabinet, the Assembly`s
Deputy Speaker said on Friday.

The ISNA news agency quoted Mohammad Reza Bahonar as saying that if Khamenei had not backed the proposed line-up, eight or nine nominees would have been rejected during yesterday`s vote of confidence.

"The message of the leader played a big role," Bahonar said.

The conservative-dominated Parliament approved 18 out of 21 members of the cabinet proposed by the hardliner Ahmadinejad, rejecting two of three proposed women nominees and the would-be energy minister.

"If we had not received the leader`s recommendations, probably eight or nine ministers would have failed to win the vote of confidence, and that would not have been a good start for the government," said Bahonar, a well-known critic of Ahmadinejad.

He said the leader`s "vision" prevented this from happening and "changed the view" of the majlis or Parliament.

"If we had not received the message of the leader, the ministers of oil, industry, commerce, cooperatives, transport and foreign affairs would have been rejected," Bahonar added.

Khamenei, who has the final say in national issues, has openly defended the re-election of Ahmadinejad despite massive public protests against his June 12 victory which triggered the Islamic republic`s worst ever internal crisis.

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First Published: Friday, September 4, 2009 - 16:14

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