Iran parliament resumes Ahmadinejad cabinet debate

TEHRAN, Aug 31, 2009 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-dominated parliament resumed a debate for the second straight day on Monday on cabinet nominees proposed by embattled President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state radio said.

The three-day debate on the 21-member cabinet line-up began on Sunday with several powerful conservative lawmakers dealing a blow to Ahmadinejad by openly opposing his nominees.

"Sixteen nominees have no experience required for the ministries they have been nominated for," said top conservative MP Ahmad Tavakoli as parliament kicked off the debate on Sunday which culminates Wednesday in a vote of confidence.

His views were backed by some other top conservative MPs, a sign of increasing opposition to Ahmadinejad's plans even from his own support base.

Ahmadinejad's re-election triggered the worst crisis in the Islamic republic's history and has divided the country's clerical groups.

He is also under fire from his own hardline supporters over several political decisions he made soon after his disputed June 12 victory.

He now faces a daunting task in securing parliamentary approval for a line-up which includes many new faces, among them three women -- a first in the Islamic republic.

Source: AFP

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