Ahmadinejad to appoint 3 women to government

Iranian president's decision marks the first time female ministers join cabinet since the 1970s.

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August 16, 2009 16:29
Ahmadinejad to appoint 3 women to government

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday three women will join his Cabinet, the first female ministers in the country since the 1970s. Speaking on state television, Ahmadinejad named Marzieh Vahid Dastgerdi as minister of health and Fatemeh Ajorlu as minister of welfare and social security. The president did not name the third minister Sunday but said he will have at least one more woman on his Cabinet. Dastgerdi, 50, is currently a gynecologist, and Ajorlu, 43, is a lawmaker. Iran's last female minister, Farrokhroo Parsay, served from 1968 to 1977. She was executed on charges of corruption after the 1979 Islamic Revolution that brought hard-line Islamists to power.

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