Iran's Ahmadinejad 'to appoint woman vice president'
Iranian President Ahmadinejad said that he would appoint a female vice president to give greater representation to women in his administration.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that he would appoint a female vice president to give greater representation to women in his administration after parliament rejected his proposal for two female ministers in cabinet.
Earlier in September, Iran's parliament approved 18 ministers and rejected three in Ahmadinejad's proposed new 21-member cabinet following his re-election in June.
The three nominees who were rejected this time were the proposed energy, welfare and education ministers.
Of three nominated women ministers, only Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi was approved. She will become the Islamic Republic's first female minister.
After the parliament's rejections of his two other nominees, Ahmadinejad appointed another woman to head the education ministry. According to state television, Ahmadinejad introduced parliament deputy Fatemeh Alia as a replacement for the rejected Susan Keshavarz.
Keshavarz has since been appointed by the president as an adviser on education and training.
Agencies Last Mod: 08 Eylül 2009, 09:01