TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was expected on Wednesday to nominate a relative novice as oil minister and seek to bring women into the cabinet for the first time -- but he may face a hard fight to win approval from parliament.
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The outcome will be a further signal as to how secure Ahmadinejad's grip is on power after political setbacks following his contested re-election in June that led to street protests and political turmoil.
A presidential adviser said Ahmadinejad would name current Commerce Minister Massoud Mirkazemi as new oil minister in the Islamic Republic, the world's fifth-largest crude exporter.
Parliamentary affairs adviser Iraj Nadimi said the president would propose to the assembly that Manoucheh
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