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Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:41PM
Former Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid-Dastjerdi (file photo)

Former Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid-Dastjerdi (file photo)

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid-Dastjerdi, appointing a caretaker to run the ministry. After dismissing Vahid-Dastjerdi, the sole female cabinet minister, from the post, Ahmadinejad appointed Mohammad Hassan Tariqat-Monfared as caretaker health minister through a decree on Thursday, December 27, 2012. “Managing the family physician plan, [attending to problems related to] medicines and treatment [of diseases], attention to public health and nutrition, [ensuring] educational, health, and medical justice, and reducing people’s expenses in this sector are the main priorities of this important ministry,” Ahmadinejad said in his decree to Tariqat-Monfared. Dastjerdi was the first Iranian female minister after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and her removal comes less than a year before her term draws to an end. ASH/SS