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Rouhani under fire over likely new Cabinet appointments

In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani comes under fire from Reformists who demand more seats in his second-term Cabinet. Meanwhile, reports indicate that his campaign pledge to appoint female ministers will not be realized.
TEHRAN, IRAN - MAY 22: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference on May 22, 2017 in Tehran, Iran. 
Responding to criticism of the Islamic Republic from U.S. President Donald Trump, Rouhani said on Monday stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran's help. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

Debate on the second-term Cabinet of moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who was re-elected in May, has turned controversial as Reformists suspect that their expectations may not be realized.

On July 31, Abdullah Nouri, an influential Reformist leader, criticized Rouhani’s likely new Cabinet. “The news that we have heard about the abilities and capabilities of a number of the [proposed] people for the Cabinet is concerning. The Reformists' disagreement or opposition to the presence of some people in the Cabinet is being brought up [in order] to make [Rouhani’s] promises come true,” he said in a meeting with the Student Islamic Association of Tehran University.

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