Iranian president names 2 women vice presidents, but no women in cabinet

Masoumeh Ebtekar. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hassan Rouhani was sworn in for his second term as Iran’s president on August 5 and this week has gone about appointing his cabinet and vice presidents. Rouhani, who is considered a moderate in Iran, named two women as vice presidents, but declined to include any women among his proposed 18-member cabinet.

The second-term president appointed Masoumeh Ebtekar as vice president for women and family affairs. Ebtekar is not new to Iranian government. During Rouhani’s first term, she served as vice president and head of Environmental Protection Organization, and was one of three women vice presidents. And she previously served as VP for women and family affairs, first taking over the office in 1997, which made her Iran’s first woman vice president. Prior to that, she became known as Mary by the Western media during the 1979 hostage situation at the U.S. embassy. Ebtekar emerged as the spokesperson for the hostage-takers that stormed the embassy in Tehran, The Los Angeles Times reports, and was portrayed by Nikka Far in the 2012 film Argo.

Rouhani also announced the appointment of Dr. Laaya Joneidi as vice president for legal affairs. Joneidi is a law professor at the University of Tehran and reportedly has been a legal deputy to the minister of science since 2013.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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