Iran's Rouhani names female vice-presidents after criticism of all-male cabinet

8/11/2017 7:25:21 AM

Critics say the presidents proposed new cabinet reflects a shift to the right.

Critics say the presidents proposed new cabinet reflects a shift to the right.

France 24, August 10, 2017 - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has named two women as vice-presidents after coming under fire for proposing a cabinet that included no women among his ministerial picks.
Rouhani's presidential website announced Wednesday that he appointed Masoumeh Ebtekar as vice-president for women and family affairs and Laaya Joneidi as vice-president for legal affairs.
Ebtekar was Rouhani's vice-president for the environment department during his first term, one of three women appointees. Another was Shahindokht Molaverdi, who Rouhani named Wednesday as assistant on citizenship rights.
Iranian presidents appoint a number of vice-presidents, which are lower ranking roles than ministers. Unlike ministers, nominees for vice-president do not require approval by the male-dominated parliament.
On Tuesday, Rouhani proposed 17 men for 18 cabinet positions to parliament. The cleric had no woman ministers in his first term, despite being a so called moderate compared to others in Iran's Islamic Republic and emphasizing women's rights in his campaign.