Iranian president "removes" 14 advisors

08:54, January 04, 2011      

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Fourteen presidential advisors were removed by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the local English language satellite Press TV reported on Monday.

Former advisor to the Iranian president on culture and media affairs Mehdi Kalhor confirmed on Sunday the termination of his cooperation with the president along with 13 other advisors, the report said.

"Yesterday in a decree, 13 presidential advisors and I were appreciated for our services and were notified that our cooperation with President Ahmadinejad has ended," the report quoted Kalhor as saying.

In a letter of appreciation, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thanked 14 of his advisors for "their compassionate and effective services," according to Press TV.

Kalhor further explained that he really did not know the reason behind President Ahmadinejad's decision, said Press TV.

According to the report, the recent removal seems to be part of the Iranian president's initiative to reshuffle his cabinet and staff.

In December, Iranian former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was dismissed by Ahmadinejad and was temporarily replaced by head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi, who is also Iran's vice president.

Source: Xinhua
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