WORLD : Iran Parliament OKs New Cabinet

From Times Wire Services

Iran's Parliament today approved all 22 nominations to President Hashemi Rafsanjani's new Cabinet, the country's official news agency reported.

The Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Nicosia, described the vote of confidence by the 270-member Majlis as "unprecedented" since some members of all previous Cabinet slates had been rejected in the past.

The vote came after Rafsanjani got a last-minute boost for his proposed Cabinet today from radical Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karrubi.

"I see Mr. Rafsanjani's Cabinet as a successful one and one that supports the deprived . . . and whose members have worked hard for the revolution," Karrubi was quoted as saying by IRNA.

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