Iranian president Hassan Rouhani extends his hand to Iran's Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani during a swearing-in ceremony for Rouhani for a further term, at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, August 5, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi/TIMA via REUTERS
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After decisively winning re-election almost three months ago, Iran's president Tuesday proposed a new Cabinet for his second term that cuts out the hard-line Revolutionary Guard from controlling the Defense Ministry for the first time in nearly 25 years.Rouhani's Cabinet picks must be approved by Parliament, which is expected to take up the issue next week.Rouhani's presidential website offered the list he presented to lawmakers, filling 17 of the 18 positions he'll have in his Cabinet. Rouhani nominated Iran's acting defense minister, Gen. Amir Hatami of the Iranian army, to permanently take over the position. After the election, Rouhani met with the Guard and acknowledged their role in Iran's defense.Rouhani played it safe with the rest of his Cabinet, with analysts describing his choices as the oldest overall Cabinet since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
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