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Mixed reviews to Rowhani’s new cabinet

world Updated: Aug 05, 2013 23:23 IST
Hassan Rowhani

President Hassan Rowhani’s cabinet lineup drew a mixed response from Iran’s press Monday, with moderate and reformists papers hailing the team’s breadth of experience while conservative outlets questioned the inclusion of “notorious” figures.

The male-only cabinet unveiled late on Sunday by the new president features experienced figures from across Iran’s complex political spectrum.

It must be confirmed by the conservative-dominated parliament, a process that is expected to begin later this week.

Reformist paper Etemad headlined the item, “All of Rowhani’s men”, while in an editorial said the “proposed list envisions a promising future for the country”.

The moderate-conservative 7-e-Sobh daily predicted that beside one or two nominees with pro-reform tendencies, all members of Rowhani’s announced team would be approved by parliament.

The hardline Kayhan daily however, criticised the nomination of certain “notorious” figures, in particular oil minister nominee Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.