Iran news headlines on Sunday include The head of Supervisory Committee for Iran’s Constitution statements on government establishment of constitution research center, An Iranian energy official announcement on constructing power plant in Iraq to provide electricity for Shiite shrines, Iran’s Ahmadinejad appointing new job to his aide, Iran suspending death sentence against Saeed malekpour, Iran’s oil minister remarks over increasing crude oil production and Iranian sociologist, Ehsan Naraghi death.
The head of Supervisory Committee for Iran’s Constitution says an institute to conduct research on the country’s constitution will be established with the permission of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mohammad Ali Hejazi said on Sunday that the Supervisory Committee, established by Ahmadinejad’s decree in March, does not pursue political objectives and merely aims at safeguarding the Constitution.
An Iranian energy official said Sunday that the Islamic republic will construct a power plant in Iraq to generate 163MW of electricity for consumption in Iraq’s holy Shiite Muslim shrines.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has moved his chief of staff, seen as a potential successor and a target of criticism from hardline conservatives, to another job, according to the president’s official website on Saturday. Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie has provoked the ire of Ahmadinejad’s conservative rivals, who accuse him of trying to undermine Iran’s theocratic system. Ahmadinejad has defended his closest aide throughout the attacks.
Iran has suspended the death sentence against a computer programmer convicted for allegedly designing a pornographic website after he “repented,” Mehr news agency reported Sunday quoting his attorney. Saeed Malekpour, a permanent resident of Canada, was arrested in December 2008 in Iran when he returned to his native land to visit his dying father and accused of operating up an offensive website.
Iran’s oil minister has said the country plans to increase its oil production capacity to up to 5.2 million barrels per day by early 2016. A Sunday report by state TV quotes Rostam Ghasemi as saying this requires some $300 billion investment in the oil industry.
Ehsan Naraghi, an Iranian sociologist and writer passes away at 86 years of age. Naraghi (born in 1926 in Kashan), who was recently discharged from the hospital, died at his home at 3:00 a.m on Saturday due to old age.
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