Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday he would appoint a woman vice president to give greater representation to women in his administration.

Mr. Ahmadinejad earlier nominated three women as cabinet ministers, but parliament rejected two of them and endorsed only Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi as health minister. She became the first woman minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic.

After the parliament’s rejections of his two other nominees, Mr. Ahmadinejad appointed another woman to head the education ministry.

According to state television, Mr. Ahmadinejad introduced parliament deputy, Fatemeh Alia, as a replacement for the rejected Susan Keshavarz. The latterhas since been appointed by the president as an adviser on education and training.

The President did not disclose the name of his new choice for vice president or in which field she would be engaged.

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