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Iranian leader names two women as vice presidents

Iran's president has named two women as vice presidents after proposing a Cabinet that included no female members among his ministerial picks.

Hassan Rouhani's presidential website announced that he appointed Masoumeh Ebtekar as vice president for women and family affairs and Laaya Joneidi as vice president for legal affairs.

Ms Ebtekar was Mr Rouhani's vice president for the environment department during his first term, one of three women appointees.

Another was Shahindokht Molaverdi, who Mr Rouhani named as assistant on citizenship rights.

Iranian presidents appoint a number of vice presidents.

On Tuesday, Mr Rouhani proposed 17 men for 18 Cabinet positions to parliament for approval.

The cleric had no woman ministers in his first term, despite being a moderate compared to others in Iran's Islamic Republic and emphasising women's rights in his campaign.



From Belfast Telegraph