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Cabinet shakeup rattles Iran

Following a week of whispering, three controversial members of the cabinet of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have stepped down.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves as he stands next to a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after he registered for February's election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the supreme leader, at Interior Ministry in Tehran December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY     - RTX1ZKHQ

Finally, after a week of speculation, three members of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's Cabinet were replaced Oct. 19. Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, Education Minister Ali Asghar Fani and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mahmoud Goudarzi all resigned on the same day. 

Though all three were said to have stepped down voluntarily, various reports indicate that Rouhani wasn’t content with them, an idea that was affirmed by a government official. Mohammad-Bagher Nobakht, the spokesman for Rouhani’s administration, appeared on state TV on Oct. 19 to explain the reason behind the Cabinet reshuffle. Nobakht said, “The change is aimed at improvement. … The president’s goal is to fulfill expectations as best as possible.”

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