Iranian parliament approves Ahmadinejad Cabinet

Iran’s hard-liners united behind Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today in approving Cabinet members, including heads of all the crucial ministries, in a show of force for the controversial president, whose credibility has sagged in the political unrest and discord following the country’s disputed June 12 elections.

The parliament, dominated by conservative factions both loyal to and wary of the Ahmadinejad, approved 18 out of 21 proposed ministers, including a controversial defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi, who is wanted on Interpol terrorism charges, and a female health minister, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, who advocated gender segregation of the nation’s hospitals.

Related: The Women of Ahmadinejad.

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Vahidi backed as Iranian Defense Minister 2.
Vahidi backed as Iranian Defense Minister

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