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Iranian President reappoints Vaziri Hamaneh as oil ministry caretaker

Tehran, Nov 24, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday reappointed Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh as caretaker of the oil ministry in the wake of Majlis' no-confidence vote Wednesday on his third appointee, Mohsen Tasalloti.

Of the 261 MPs present at the Majlis open session on Wednesday, a total of 254 deputies participated in the voting, 7 did not.

One hundred thirty-nine voted against the president's appointee, 77 were in favor, and 38 abstained. Tasalloti, therefore, failed to obtain Majlis' vote of confidence.

In his letter reappointing Hamaneh, Ahmadinejad said he was acting in accordance with Article 135 of the Constitution and commended Hamaneh's "commitment and valuable executive experiences" in reappointing him as caretaker of the ministry.

The president then wished Hamaneh success in the service of Islam and the Islamic Revolution.

President Ahmadinejad first named Ali Saeedlou to the post of minister of the oil ministry but this nominee was rejected by Majlis.

The president's second nominee, Sadeq Mahsouli, withdrew from the nomination before Majlis took a vote on his confirmation.

In his letter to the president, Mahsouli said, "Due to the strategic nature of this position, I would wish that somebody who can get a higher number of votes in Majlis take this enormous job." President Ahmadinejad was elected as Iran's sixth president by over 17 million votes in the run-off elections held on June 24.

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