Thursday, April 18, 2024

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Appoints Two Female Vice Presidents

Hassan Rouhani who is the current Iranian president, appointed two women as vice-presidents of the country on Wednesday.However, he has made no changes to an all-male list of cabinet ministers criticised by reformists for its lack of female representation. Massoumeh Ebtekar, head of the department of environment in Rouhani’s first term, was appointed vice-president for women and family affairs while Laya Joneidi was named vice-president for legal affairs. Another woman, Shahindokht Molaverdi, was appointed the president’s assistant for civil rights. It has been reported that Vice-presidents do not have ministerial responsibilities. Rouhani had reportedly mentioned the importance of women’s rights in campaign speeches before the previous presidential election in which he won. One widely-circulated post on social media showed Rouhani with his new all-male cabinet in front of a government building onto which a huge moustache as a result of a photo-shop.Photo Credit: Getty

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