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Deputies prepare bill on proceedings to hold referendum in Iran

Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA - 25 Majlis deputies on Monday prepared a single urgency bill to clarify the proceedings for requests to hold a referendum, the press reported here on Tuesday.

The Persian-language daily `Hamshahri' reported that the deputies had stressed in an introductory note to the bill that Majlis bylaws are ambiguous on requests by parliamentarians or the president to hold a referendum, as is highlighted by Article 59 of the Constitution.

The Hamshahri wrote that the bill which comprises an article and five notes is meant to amend the Majlis bylaws, and to clarify the systems to handle requests for referendums.

Under the proposed article, Majlis would elect a special committee comprising 15 deputies to study the request and report the outcomes to the Majlis.

The Note 1 of the article requires that the request for holding a referendum be submitted to the Majlis by the president or at least 100 Majlis deputies, and that any proceedings into the request be held in a single round of debates.

Also, another additional note to the Majlis bylaws stresses that a request for holding a referendum must be approved by two-third of the Majlis.

Article 59 provides that in extremely important economic, political, social and cultural matters, the functions of the legislature may be exercised through direct resource to popular vote through a referendum.

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