Middle East Economic Survey

VOL. XLIX

No 47

20-Nov-2006

IRAN

President Ahmadinejad Names New Planning Chief

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on 15 November appointed Amir Burqei vice-president and head of the Management and Planning Organization (MPO) to replace Farhad Rahbar, who has reportedly resigned. According to Iranian press reports, Mr Rahbar was replaced because he was critical of Mr Ahamadinejads recent directive to restructure the MPO and place its offices in the provinces under the...