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1st female minister in the history of Islamic Republic of Iran

Tehran, Sept 3, IRNA -- Majlis on Thursday voted for first female minister in the history of Iran, Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi who is to head the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education. She won 175 votes in favor and 82 against with 29 votes of abstention.

Susan Keshavarz, the nominee for the education, and Fatemeh Ajorlou, the nominee for welfare and social security portfolios, failed to receive vote of confidence.

Mrs. Vahid-Dastjerdi was born in Tehran in 1959. She graduated from Tehran Medical University in medicine and obtained specialized degree in nursing and obstetrics from the same university in 1988.

She used to be a faculty staff of Tehran University for 13 years, director of the university's Nursing and Obstetrics Department for six years. She was a Tehran MP in the fourth and fifth Majlis too.

Mrs. Vahid-Dastejerdi was also a founding member of Iran's Specialized Scientific Association of Reproduction and Sterility, a member of the American Scoiety for Reproduction Medicine (1993-2000) and a member of Health Minsitry's Family Planning Scientific Committee.

She headed Arash Hospital from 2004 up to present.

Mrs. Vahid-Dastjerdi told reporters after winning vote of confidence that inclusion of female minister in the Cabinet is important for the Iranian women.

They are certainly happy because a female minister in the Cabinet will pursue their demands and this is important for them.

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