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Iran's leader taking over Oil Ministry temporarily, news agency says

By the CNN Wire Staff
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (pictured on March 8) said he would act as 'caretaker' for the oil ministry.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (pictured on March 8) said he would act as 'caretaker' for the oil ministry.
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  • President Ahmadinejad: "I am the caretaker of the Oil Ministry"
  • The move comes after the government's announcement to merge ministries
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(CNN) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that he will temporarily run the country's Oil Ministry, state-run media reported Monday.

The move, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency, follows Ahmadinejad's decision to relieve three Iranian ministers of their duties as part of a plan to merge ministries.

"I am the caretaker of the Oil Ministry," Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech, IRNA reported.

The government announcement to merge the ministries was made May 9. The move has provoked criticism from Iranian parliamentarians.

 
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