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Tehran: Iran is all set to appoint its first woman ambassador since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, marking a breakthrough for women in government under the president, Hassan Rouhani. Marzieh Afkham, who is the country’s first foreign ministry spokeswoman, will head a mission in East Asia, the state news agency reported. Afkham will only be the second woman ambassador Iran has had. Under the last Shah’s rule, Mehrangiz Dolatshahi, a three-time MP known for her advocacy of the family protection law, which gave women the right of divorce and child custody, became an ambassador to Denmark in 1976, a post she held until the revolution.