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Iran: Many cabinet ministers prefer to quit due to political conditions

Tehran, April 14, IRNA -- Several cabinet ministers prefer to quit their posts due to the current political situation, government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Wednesday.

"They have referred to the president saying that they no longer want to stay in the cabinet," he said.

The conservative camp, the former losers of presidential election, spare no effort in their occasional speech several months ahead of taking office, to tarnish the achievements of President Khatami's government.

Members of the cabinet believe that the government has made great achievements in the economic sector and that the conservative camp will no longer tolerate the reform-minded cabinet ministers.

"Several cabinet ministers have told the president that under the current circumstances, activity within the government has become impossible. The president is studying their views and the final decision will be taken by him," Ramezanzadeh said.

Asked whether Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari is one of those ministers, the spokesman said not at all.

"Mr. Mousavi Lari is not among them. Please excuse me, I cannot name those ministers," Ramezanzadeh said.

Ramezanzadeh drew attention of reporters to inauguration of infrastructural projects due to take place in the next few months. "Many of the infrastructural projects that the government has started so far will gradually come on stream in the next 14 months," the spokesman said.

He pointed to inauguration of a turbine manufacturing plant and said that it is of high significance in terms of the technological development.

He complained that the national media (radio and television) do not broadcast the news about achievements of the government for political reasons.

Asked about foreign assistance to victims of Bam quake disaster, Ramezanzadeh said that Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has released the figures on foreign assistance to Bam.

"Some of the countries have not yet fulfilled their promises and some others which had promised to provide Iran with credit assistance said later that it would be extended in the form of bank credit. We are currently negotiating with them," Ramezanzadeh said.

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