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Iran’s New Leader Turns to Conservatives for His Cabinet

Iran’s new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Sunday nominated a cabinet dominated by conservatives as officials warned that Iran would not give in to pressure from the West over its nuclear program. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s selections for his 21-member cabinet provide the first window into the policies that he may pursue in the next four years. He had promised to establish a moderate government that would focus on the fair distribution of wealth and the eradication of corruption and poverty. But his candidates are largely from conservative backgrounds, and many of them are close to Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Full Story

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