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Iran's New President Unveils Hard-Line Cabinet


Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has unveiled his cabinet, naming hard-liners to head key ministries.

The new foreign minister is Manouchehr Mottaki, a former ambassador and conservative member of parliament. Another hardliner, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, was named to the Interior Ministry, and the former head of a strict religious tribunal, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, was given the Intelligence Ministry portfolio.

The new oil minister is Ali Saeedloo, who is acting mayor of Tehran. Another hardliner, Ali Larijani, will head Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West.

President Ahmadinejad did not name any women to his cabinet and retained only one minister Transport Minister Mohammad Rahmati appointed by his predecessor, reformist Mohammad Khatami.

Iran's conservative-dominated parliament is expected to approve the 21 ministers later this week, as is Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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