Iran parliament set to approve new oil minister

TEHRAN - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's candidate to be Iran's new oil minister looked set to win a vote of confidence on Wednesday, easing a power struggle between the president and a hostile parliament.
Key lawmakers have welcomed Rostam Qasemi, a Revolutionary Guards commander, because his position at the head of the Guards' engineering and construction company Khatam al-Anbia gave him relevant experience -- although it also made him subject to US and European Union sanctions.
"The proposed oil minister will hit an unprecedented record of getting more than 200 votes," Moayed Hosseini-Sadr, a member of the energy committee in the 290-strong parliament, told the official IRNA news agency.
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