Rouhani ap­points fe­male vice-pres­i­dents af­ter crit­i­cism

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Iran Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani has ap­pointed three women as vi­cepres­i­dents and one as a civil rights as­sis­tant fol­low­ing crit­i­cism of his all-male cabi­net.

Iran’s 12 vice-pres­i­dents run or­gan­i­sa­tions linked to the pres­i­dency.

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. Sun­nis are 10% of Shia-ma­jor­ity Iran.

Ma­sumeh Ebtekar has been named vi­cepres­i­dent for fam­ily and women’s af­fairs, Laya Joneydi is vice-pres­i­dent for le­gal af­fairs and Shahin­dokht Mowlaverdi is the pres­i­dent’s as­sis­tant for civil rights.

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