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Iran's Ahmadinejad submits cabinet list to parliament
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran Sunday submitted his cabinet list to the Majlis (parliament) for a vote of confidence, which is set to be held within a week according to Iran's law.
Ahmadinejad, 49, former Tehran mayor, defeated former president Rafsanjani with a landslide victory of 61.69 percent of the total eligible votes in the ninth presidential election in June.
He assumed presidency on August 3 with the confirmation of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and was sworn in the Majlis on August 6.
As to the key posts released by the official IRNA news agency, Ahmadinejad nominated Manouchehr Mottaki, head of Foreign Policy Committee of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, to be Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Mottaki, a 52-year-old former ambassador to Turkey (1985-1989) and Japan (1994-1999), has a good command of English as well as Urdu and Turkish languages.
As a well-known hardline successor of Kamal Kharazi, Mottaki will be challenged firstly by the current nuclear standoff along with Ali Larijani, chief nuclear negotiator and Secretary of Supreme National Security Council.
He obtained his BA in social sciences from India's University of Bangalore in 1976 and then received an MA degree from Tehran University in 1996 in international relations.
In Ahmadinejad's proposed list, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, a 51-year-old senior officer of the army's logistics field, was appointed as Minister of Defense and Ali Saeedlou, Ahmadinejad's 53-year-old successor as acting Tehran mayor, to be Minister of Oil.
Najjar began his military career as an officer of the country's elite militia Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in 1980 when the IRGC was established.
He has been active in the logistics field since he was appointed to be Director of Cooperatives of IRGC for medical services, social volunteers, housing and sports in 1981.
During the recent years, Najjar has been holding posts such as chief or director of the country's important war industry groups. He has a BS degree in mechanical engineering and an MA in executive administration.
Saeedlou, Ahmadinejad's longtime aid, is the proposed cabinet member who enjoys the most splendid educational background, and what is surprising against the conservative color of the new cabinet is that his main educational experience has been gained in the United States.
Saeedlou holds a Ph. D. in Strategic Management, which he obtained at Hartford University in the United States in 2003. What is more, his MA in Economic Geology and Underground Resources was also gotten in the United States 1978.
Elias Naderan, a member of the Majlis Energy Commission, told IRNA that some lawmakers displayed harsh reactions upon hearing the names of some of the proposed ministers, one of which was Saeedlou.
"Saeedlou has no work experience in the oil sector" and "the revolution pledged by President Ahmadinejad to take place in the Ministry of Oil would not be materialized by his proposed list," said other lawmakers.