Iran’s president says three women will join his Cabinet, the first female ministers in the country since the 1970s. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad named Marzieh Vahid Dastgerdi as minister of health — she is a gynecologist — and Fatemeh Ajorlu as minister of welfare and social security. She is a member of parliament. Chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili was expected to be named as foreign minister.
He said he will have at least one more woman on his Cabinet but has not yet named her. On state television, Ahmadinejad said: “With the 10th presidential election, the government will see major changes.” He has until Wednesday to present a cabinet to parliament for approval. Conservatives dominate the assembly, and he must also contend with moderates there who dispute his election victory.