Despite Campaign Promises to Appoint Women, Iran's Rohani Swears in All-male Cabinet

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will remain in his position

Iranian President Hassan Rohani in Tehran, Iran on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.
Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Iranian President Hassan Rohani who had campaigned on including women in senior government positions, has decided on a male only cabinet, the ISNA news agency reported Tuesday.

Observers say that Rohani is likely to pick several women for vice president positions, which carry less political seniority.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will stay in his role, signaling Rohani's intention to continue pursuing his Western-friendly reformist agenda. Zarif was instrumental in helping Rohani achieve the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

According to the list released on Tuesday, three months after Rohani won his second term, the ministers of oil, interior, culture, and intelligence will also remain in their positions. Rohani named seven new ministers, including for the posts of defense, economy and justice. All 18 nominated ministers must still be approved by parliament.