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4/29/03

Iran's Parliament Speaker sees progress in Guardian Council's okaying twin bills

Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi said on Tuesday that the parliament is working with the Guardian Council to make a breakthrough in ratifying the twin bills President Mohammad Khatami had introduced last year, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Upon delivery of the two bills, the president told the parliament that the legislation will help him fulfill the promises he gave to the people in his election campaign and bring about a democratic society.

One of the bills seeks to remove the extra authority the fifth parliament gave to the Guardians Council to examine the qualification of candidates running for parliamentary election.

Constitutionally, the Interior Ministry is in charge of holding the election and examining the eligibility of the applicants for the parliamentary elections.

The Guardian Council has so far turned down the bid to relinquish the extra authority, but, proponents of the bill say that the Guardian Council should be satisfied with its constitutional power of supervising elections.

The second bill empowers the president to stop enforcement of verdicts issued by courts of justice when the president sees them against the constitutional rights of people.

The president would forward his reservation about a certain verdict to the Supreme Court, according to a legislation passed last week.

The Guardian Council rejected the legislation too for interfering in the Judiciary's affairs.

But, the president documented on several cases of verdicts in which the constitutional rights of people have not been respected.

President Khatami has so far served several notices to the Judiciary about certain cases that he deemed to be in violation of the constitutional rights. Some of the notices were heeded, some not.

The president believes that the constitution has given the chief executive the right to protect the constitution and the constitutional rights of people and the bill aims to provide an executive law to enforce the constitutional right.

Freedom of expression, the major part of President Mohammad Khatami's election platform has become a stumbling block because of the hefty sentences the courts of justice have issued against some individuals while the defendants say that they did not exceed the boundaries of the law and only exercised their constitutional rights.

Karroubi said that the Guardian Council has agreed with the parliament to form two working groups to help resolve the disputes.

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