19 Aug 2009

Women poised to take Iranian cabinet posts

2:21 pm on 19 August 2009

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing opposition from his supporters over plans to appoint three women to his cabinet.

If successful, the move would be a first in the 30-year existence of the Islamic republic.

Mr Ahmadinejad is due to unveil his cabinet on Wednesday.

His hardline colleagues have complained that they were not adequately consulted about the appointments.

One MP says some of those on the list are people who have never recorded a day of executive work.

It is not yet clear if the complaints were directed at the three women.

Iran's parliament has the power to veto the cabinet or force changes.