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Iran affirms Salehi as foreign minister

01-31-2011 08:08 BJT

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Iran's Parliament, approved President Mah-moud Ahmadinejad's choice, Ali Akbar Salehi, as the country's NEW Foreign Minister. 146 was the number of affirmative votes, while the negative was 60, with 35 ab-stentions.

Sunday's verdict on Salehi, was seen as a TEST of the President's legislative support.

Ahmadinejad, actually wanted him as Foreign Minister-- when he first took office in 2005-- but factional pressures, forced him to accept Manouchehr Mottaki, a close ally of conservative rival, Ali Lari-jani.

Salehi was appointed, as head of Iran's, Atomic Energy Organization, in 2009. His new role is NOT expected to lead to any major shifts in the nation's nuclear program or even, foreign policy for that matter.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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