Rouhani un­veils all-male cabi­net

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

A new Ira­nian cabi­net un­veiled by Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani has prompted crit­i­cism of the all-male line-up.

Mr Rouhani is re­garded as a rel­a­tively mod­er­ate fig­ure, and sup­port­ers had hoped he would pick some women.

There has been only one fe­male cabi­net mem­ber since Iran’s Is­lamic Revolution in 1979.

The cabi­net, which must be ap­proved by par­lia­ment, also lacks Sunni mem­bers. The group makes up around 10% of Shia-ma­jor­ity Iran.

Mr Rouhani beat hard­liner Ebrahim Raisi to the pres­i­dency in May af­ter vow­ing to im­prove Iran’s civil lib­er­ties and re­build ties with the West.

At a con­fer­ence in Fe­bru­ary ti­tled “Women, Mod­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment,” he had called for a greater fe­male pres­ence in pol­i­tics and cul­ture.

He fo­cused on women’s rights and promised equal em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­cess to ser­vices if he was re­elected. Crit­ics now ac­cuse the 68-year-old cleric of break­ing his pledges.

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