By Lisa Daftari
The cabinet assembled by new Iranian President Hasan Rowhani is made up of 18 mostly hard-liners. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Westerners hoping Iran’s new president will help lead Tehran in a more moderate direction won’t find much support in the cabinet Hasan Rowhani has assembled.
Rowhani’s 18-member, all-male, all-Shiite Muslim panel of close advisers includes hard-line holdovers, infamous former intelligence officers and one former justice minister known for ordering mass executions of political prisoners.