Iran intelligence minister resigns: report

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Posted: Apr 17, 2011 12:49 PM
Iran intelligence minister resigns: report

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's intelligence minister resigned on Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported, without giving any details.

"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accepted Heydar Moslehi's resignation and appointed him as his adviser in charge of security matters," IRNA reported.

The semi-official Fars news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying the minister had been sacked.

Moslehi, a mid-ranking cleric, was criticized by parliamentarians in 2009 for lacking the necessary experience when proposed by Ahmadinejad for the position.

Earlier this month, Ahmadinejad demoted a controversial aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, whose unorthodox views about the role of powerful clergy and the importance of Iranian cultural values over Islam outraged hardliners in the establishment.

(Editing by Sophie Hares)