By Muhammet Kursun
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called on minority groups -- such as Sunni Muslims and Turkmen -- to play a greater role in the government.
The president made the assertion during a visit to Iran’s predominantly Sunni Golestan province.
“Turkmen and Sunnis deserve to hold more positions in government,” he was quoted as saying by local media outlets.
“Our well-informed, highly skilled human resources should be utilized,” he added. “It’s both their right and the right thing to do.”
Rouhani also reaffirmed his intention to set a 30-percent quota for women in government.
Shia Muslims account for roughly 90 percent of Iran’s population of some 80 million. The remaining 10 percent -- which includes Turkmen, Kurds