Iran's Postal Minister to Take Over Top Planning Job

Published June 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's president Mohammad Khatami has appointed reformist minister of post, telegraph and telephones, Mohammad Reza Aref, head the newly formed Planning and Management Organization, Iranian radio announced Saturday. 

The agency, formerly the Planning and Budget Organization, is responsible for setting national economic policy and will take on employment issues, which are a top priority of the new parliamentary majority. 

Since the formation of the new pro-Khatami parliament, pressures have been mounting for a reorganization of the cabinet and the liberalization of the press. 

A source close to the government told AFP earlier in the week that at least five ministries -- including those of economy, post and education -- would see new people at the top. 

The centrist daily Entekhab reported Wednesday that the defense, interior, energy, labor and culture and Islamic guidance ministries would also be affected. 

It also said interior minister Abdolvahed Mussavi-Lari would replace Ataollah Mohajerani, a figure hated by the conservatives, at the culture ministry. 

However, the newspaper said Mohajerani would move to the education post, currently held by conservative Hossein Mozaffar - TEHRAN (AFP) 




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