Iran's Rouhani under fire for male-only cabinet

The ministerial line-up, which must still be approved by parliament, also lacked minorities and actually increased the average age compared to Rouhani's first term. 

Iran's Rouhani under fire for male-only cabinet

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani put forward a new cabinet line-up on Tuesday that was immediately criticised by reformists for its lack of women or young people.

"The lack of women ministers shows we are treading water," Shahindokht Mowlaverdi, Rouhani's outgoing vice president for women's affairs, told the Etamad daily after news of the line-up was leaked.

Many on social media said Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who whipped up reformist support to secure re-election in May, was failing to keep his campaign promises of greater diversity.

"The people's message in the last two elections has had little reflection in the proposed cabinet," tweeted Mohammad Karroubi, son of jailed opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi. 

"How can you speak of equality of the entire nation and ignore women and religious minorities?" he added.

There were few major changes in the cabinet, with the key figures in Iran's efforts to rebuild ties with the West -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh -- retaining their positions.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ağustos 2017, 15:30