Ahmadinejad Stacks Cabinet, Risks Splinters
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is building his new Cabinet and — surprise! — he has purged it of anyone in his previous Cabinet who dared voice a word of criticism. Some observers say Ahmadinejad is risking the wrath of his fellow conservatives, who have accused him of hoarding power by installing loyalists with little experience in governing.
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The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has submitted his nominations for a new cabinet filled with loyalists and little-known figures.
Many politicians warned that the move — which has purged the cabinet of critics — risked a challenge from his conservative allies in parliament.
Ahmadinejad is forming his new government against a backdrop of reformist opposition allegations that his re-election as president in June was fraudulent.
His nominations do not include four members of the outgoing government — the intelligence, culture, health and labour ministers — who criticised him over his attempt to name a close associate, Esfandiar Mashai, as his top vice president.
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