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Over 8,000 candidates for 7th parliament elections in Iran

More than 8,000 people have signed up for candidacy for the 290-seat Majlis, elections for which will be held nationwide on February 20, 2004, IRNA reported from Tehran.

A source close to the Interior Ministry's Elections Headquarters told IRNA on Saturday that Tehran is on top of the list for 1,753 hopefuls, who will run for 42 seats at the Islamic Consultative Assembly. Religious minorities, including Zoroastrians, Jews, Assyrians, Chaldeans and north Armenians, will take four out of the 42 seats designated for Tehran at Majlis.

No official figure has yet been released on exact number of hopefuls from remaining 26 provinces.

The contenders had a week-long deadline until Friday to register their names for the parliamentary race.

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