President names new oil minister
President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has backed down in a confrontation with parliament and named a new oil minister. Having sacked the previous oil minister some weeks ago, Ahmedinejad appointed himself as caretaker oil minister. This move was rejected by parliament and they had referred him to the courts for contravention of the constitution.
The president has named a close ally, Mohammad Aliabadi as the new oil minister.
Despite this change of mind the power struggle continues with a petition having been signed by 50 parliamentarians demanding that the president be summoned to parliament to answer questions.
In another move, a top official for the Revolutionary Guard has warned that they might withdraw support for Ahmedinejad if he continues to defy the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.