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Iran appoints first female ambassador since 1979 revolution

Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham speaks to the media during the weekly press conference in Tehran, on November 5, 2013. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Marzieh Afkham, Iran’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, was confirmed as the country’s new ambassador to Malaysia on Sunday, becoming Iran’s first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke at a ceremony in Tehran celebrating Afkham, saying she had performed her duties as a spokeswoman for two years with “dignity, bravery and particular insight.” She will be replaced at the ministry by Jaber Ansari, and Zarif quipped that “choosing Afkham as ambassador took a few minutes but choosing her successor took four months.” The 50-year old diplomat herself praised Zarif for his “courage to take such a decision” and for his “trust in women.” Afkham’s appointment is in line with the more liberal approach that President Hassan Rouhani, who took office in 2013, is taking, calling on his ministers to appoint more women to high posts and naming three women to the country’s 11 vice presidential positions.

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