`Hamshahri' quoted an informed source as saying that the cabinet has appointed Sheibani to the position upon the recommendation of the Minister of Economy Tahmasb Mazaheri.
The daily added that Sheibani would officially start work next Sunday.
Born in the central city of Yazd, Sheibani, 54, has a Ph.D. in Economics and is a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of Tehran University. He has also served as the CBI deputy governor and secretary general for some 14 years.
Meanwhile, the Persian-language newspaper `Hambastegi' on Wednesday quoted Massoud Nili, another candidate for the position, as saying that he had withdrawn from the campaign, stressing that he would prefer to continue his career as an academician.
`Hambastegi' stressed that the "important" session of cabinet meeting today afternoon will decide the fate of the CBI governor.
It further quoted Saeid Shirkavand, deputy minister of economy, as saying that Mazaheri, the cabinet and President Mohammad Khatami have already reached an agreement on choosing Sheibani as the new CBI governor.
The press had earlier reported that Mazaheri had proposed Nili, the former deputy director of the Budget and Planning Organization and deputy minister of mines and metals, as the new CBI governor to succeed Mohsen Nourbakhsh who last month died from heart attack.
Still, certain officials had also commented that Mazaheri has nominated the CBI Secretary General, Ebrahim Sheibani, for the position.
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