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Iran President suggests democratic capacity of Constitution should be used

President Mohammad Khatami's recommendation to the parliament to reach understanding with the Guardian Council on the twin bills emanated from the democratic capacity of the Constitution, Hamid Ansari in charge of the Institute for Publishing Imam Khomeini's Works said on Monday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Ansari, known as specialist in Imam Khomeini's perception of social freedom and religious democracy, said that the president's doctrine of constitutional rights is transparent and in line with the agenda of the Islamic Revolution.

In his letter to Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi, President Khatami said that he sees no basic reason for rejection of the two bills and urged the parliament to work with the Guardian Council to obtain confirmation of the body and not to send them to the Expediency Council.

The president said in his non-compromisory letter to Karroubi said that the bills: 1 - The amendment to election law, 2 - Executive procedure for president to guarantee respect for the constitutional rights of the people, are the minimal demand of the people for the time being.

The amendment to the election law requires the Guardian Council to exercise supervising the election on specified criteria envisaged in the Constitution, so that those who thought their rights have not been observed would refer to a special court to protest.

And the second bill empowers the president to stop implementation of the verdicts handed down by the courts of justice if the president deemed them unconstitutional.

According to the legislation passed by the parliament last month, the president would forward a notice to the Supreme Court to that effect and a panel of senior judges would examine the president's reservation and determine whether or not the constitutional rights of the defendants have been neglected.

Reformers believe that the matter of the constitutional rights of the people should not be mixed up with the US threats against Iran.

"The constitutional rights of the people is something and the US threat against Iran is something else. We can not ask the people to overlook their constitutional rights because of the US threats to attack Iran. Iranian nation has set a heroic example of defense in 1980s and has specified ways ahead to deal with the US threats in the context of the Constitution too," a reformist MP said in a Majlis debate last week.

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