Iran president proposes Guards commander for oil minister

TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed to parliament on Wednesday a Revolutionary Guards commander as his choice for oil minister, state radio reported.
"I introduce Rostam Qasemi as the oil minister nominee to the parliament," Ahmadinejad said in a letter to lawmakers.
Qasemi is head of the Khatam al-Anbia construction base, an engineering and construction company controlled by the elite Guards. Parliament will debate a vote of confidence for Qasemi on August 3.
The Guards has played a growing economic role in the IslamicRepublic since Ahmadinejad first took office in 2005.
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