Education Minister Mahmud Farshidi has resigned from his post,
an advisor to education minister, Mirvali Musavi, said here on Sunday.
The education minister has submitted his resignation to president,
A report stated that Payame-Nur University Chancellor
Alireza Ali-Ahmadi will replace Farshidi.
The education minister is in
charge of thousands of teachers and some have protested this year about pay and
During a no-confidence vote which Education Minister Mahmoud
Farshidi survived this year, some MPs referred to the teachers' complaints.
Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005 pledging to improve the lot of ordinary
The resignation still has to be accepted by the president, the
ministry official told Reuters. The Fars news agency cited a source saying
Ahmadinejad had already agreed.
Ahmadinejad has sacked or changed other
cabinet posts including his industries minister, who was replaced by a close
ally, and the oil minister, whose position was taken by a technocrat. He has
also replaced the central bank governor.
"It appears that Ahmadinejad has
decided in the remaining months (before the parliamentary polls) to have people
in office who are obedient and very close to him," said an Iranian political
analyst to Reuters , who asked not to be identified.
unpopularity with the teachers might have made his presence in the cabinet a
political liability in the election, the analyst added.
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