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Ahmadinejad to appoint women to cabinet

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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-16

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will appoint at least three women to his new cabinet, an unprecedented move for the Islamic republic. Ahmadinejad was sworn in on August 5 despite massive opposition to his June re-election.

AFP - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday he plans to appoint at least two women ministers to his new cabinet, a first in the Islamic republic.
  
He said in a live television interview he would propose Fatemeh Ajorlou for the welfare and social security ministry and Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi for the health ministry.
  
"There will be some more young people and other women in the cabinet," Ahmadinejad said, adding that he would submit his lineup to the 290-member parliament on Wednesday.
  
Ahmadinejad was sworn in on August 5 for a second four-year term after massive opposition to his June election victory sparked the worst crisis in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic.
  
Lawmakers have warned the hardliner that his ministers must be "experienced" and urged him to consult and cooperate with MPs if his lineup is to be approved during a confidence vote in parliament.
  
Ahmadinejad was criticised during his first tenure for frequently reshuffling the cabinet, sacking 10 ministers and two central bank chiefs and retaining inexperienced ministers.
  
In his inauguration speech, Ahmadinejad said he would continue to resist "oppressive powers," pledging to campaign for social justice and root out corruption.
  

Date created : 2009-08-16

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