Iran's Ahmadinejad nominates another woman as education minister: report
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday nominated another woman for the post of education minister following the parliament's disapproval of his first choice, the Mehr news agency reported.
Ahmadinejad sent a letter to the parliament's presiding board on Sunday afternoon, declaring Fatemeh Alia and Ali Zabihi as nominations for education and energy ministers respectively, Hamid- Reza Hajji-Babaei, a member of the presiding board, was quoted as saying, Xinhua reported.
Alia is a female legislator who represents the people of Tehran at the parliament, while Zabihi is the current chairman of the Social Security Organization, according to Mehr.
On Thursday, Iran's parliament gave votes of confidence to 18 ministers of the 21-member cabinet proposed by Ahmadinejad, with only three nominees for the ministers of education, welfare and energy rejected.
Ahmadinejad's first choices for education and welfare ministers were women.
Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi, who was approved by the parliament as minister of health, became the country's first woman minister after 1979 Islamic Revolution.
There were no reports on Ahmadinejad's new choice for the post of welfare minister.
Hajji-Babaei said the confirmation vote for the vacant ministerial posts will take place on Sept. 15.