Iran's Rouhani appoints third female vice-president in new cabinet
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 9 / Trend, N. Umid
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has appointed two new vice-presidents, Fars News Agency reported.
Shahindokht Molaverdi was appointed as vice-president for women and family affairs and Mohammad Shariatmadari as vice-president for executive affairs.
Shariatmadari served as minister of commerce from 1997 to 2005 in the cabinet of the then President Mohammad Khatami.
Molaverdi has a Master's degree in international law from Allameh Tabatabaei University. She is the third female vice-president of Rouhani's cabinet. Previously, Iranian president had appointed Elham Aminzadeh as vice-president for legal affairs and Masoumeh Ebtekar as head of Environmental Protection Organization of Iran.
The presence of women in the Iranian government isn't unprecedented. Mohammad Khatami, president from 1997-2005, appointed a female vice-president for the first time. It was under Ahmadinejad, who was president for eight years this summer, that Iran's Islamic Republic got its first female cabinet minister, Bloomberg reported.
The president may appoint as many deputies as he wants to perform his duties under the Islamic Republic's constitution, which doesn't specify a cap on their numbers.