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Iran Ignores Ahwazi Anger, Appoints Persian as Governor

Ignoring appeals by local members of parliament and residents, Iran's government is set to appoint a non-Ahwazi to take on the leadership of Khuzestan province.

On 29 May, Ali Asghar Ahmadi, a leader of a "reformist" party and head of the Iranian Red Crescent, was put forward by the Ministry of Interior for the position of governor of the oil-rich province.

However, a local lobby of politicians and citizens had called for a change in the centralised decision-making to enable one of five local nominees to take on the role, including Ahwazi Arab former MP Seyed Sharif Hosseini and Arab cleric Ahmad Sayahi.

Fars News claims that as he is the only candidate favoured by the government, it is highly likely he will be appointed. The decision had been postponed due to the level of local protest against the planned appointment.