The Iranian Premier assigns a deputy.
After much debate, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian Head of State has appointed a caretaker for the Oil Ministry. The chosen man is Mohammad Aliabadi. 165 of the 198 members of parliament supported this decision. Previously, Ahmadinejad had taken over the Oil Ministry which proved to be an unpopular decision.
Shiite Iran has been under the control of the hardliners especially the Mullahs since the 1979 revolution in which Ayatollah Khomeini toppled the US-backed Shah’s government. The Iranian threat to the Saudis fueled the Iran-Iraq War. After the end of the war Saddam invaded Kuwait which led to the first and second Gulf Wars. The volatility of the region is ultimately due to the oil that is so richly available in it. The wars too were all about oil without which industrial civilization would grind to a halt.