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July 26, 2009

Breaking: Saffar Harandi resigns, Ahmadinejad’s cabinet no longer official

Just eight days before inauguration, Ahmadinejad’s cabinet becomes illegal and requires a parliamentary vote of confidence to continue working.
During the past few days, Ahmadinejad has been unexpectedly replacing cabinet members.  According to Fars News Agency, Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran, resigned today bringing the number of changes in the cabinet to more than 50% of the members.  According to article 136 of Iran’s Constitution, if more than half of the ministers change, the government is required to seek a fresh vote of confidence from the parliament.

Update: According to Fars News Agency, Ahmadinejad refused to accept Harandi’s resignation in order to avoid having to seek a vote of confidence.

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