Iranian president urges minorities to take gov't posts
Hassan Rouhani makes assertion during visit to Iran’s predominantly Sunni Golestan province
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