(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.