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Iran's Ahmadinejad appoints fourth woman to cabinet

AFP, Monday 20 Dec 2010
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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sacked the head of Iran's National Youth Organisation on Monday and appointed a woman to the cabinet post, official media reported.
Ahmadinejad removed Mehrdad Bazrpash and named Farahnaz Torkestani as the head of the National Youth Organisation, the official IRNA news agency said.
As such, Torkestani also becomes one of Iran's 12 vice presidents.

She is the fourth woman to join the government, which includes a woman health minister and two female vice presidents for legal affairs and science and technology.
The report did not give a reason for the dismissal, the second in a week following the dismissal last Tuesday of foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

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