Soon after his slated inaugural on Sunday, Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rouhani is likely to be surrounded by familiar faces in his Cabinet — many of who have spent time in government during the tenure of former reformist President Mohamed Khatami.
If Iran’s Mehr and ISNA News Agencies are to be relied, Mr. Rouhani will nominate Mohammad Forouzandeh as the head of the Supreme National Security Council. That would effectively make Mr. Forouzandeh — a man with a deep security background — as Iran’s new chief nuclear negotiator in place of the outgoing Saeed Jalili, who lost to Mr. Rouhani in the presidential contest. Grappling with sanctions, which have targeted Iran’s oil exports, Mr. Rouhani is bringing back Bijan Zanganeh, an experienced hand in the energy sector, as the country’s Oil Minister. Hoping for a rapprochement with Washington, Mr. Rouhani is set to bring in Javad Zarif — an urbane English speaking product of the University of Denver — as his Foreign Minister. Mr. Zarif has served with distinction as Iran’s permanent representative to the U.N.