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Iranian MP speaks of breakthrough with Guardian Council over twin bills

The parliament and the Guardian Council opened a series of negotiations on Monday on the twin bills about the election law and the executive procedure for the president to ensure respect for the constitutional rights of the people, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Member of Parliament Mohsen Torkashvand told IRNA that the Guardian Council exercised a conciliatory approach toward the parliament so that a breakthrough was achieved in today's negotiations.

"If the Guardian Council proceeds with same sense of cooperation, the two bodies will settle the differences over the two bills and no odds will remain," he said.

He said that the Guardian Council agreed to relinquish the extra power the fifth Majlis has given to the body about examining the eligibility of the applicants for the elections and will focus on the constitutional mandate to supervise the elections.

Torkashvand said that he was pleased with the Guardian Council's amicable approach which helped settle the differences over the election law.

He said that negotiations will be continued tomorrow (Tuesday) to study the second bill which according to the legislation the parliament passed last month empowers the president to stop carrying out the verdicts handed down by the courts of justice when he deems them unconstitutional.

The president would serve a notice to the Supreme Court expressing his reservation about the verdicts. Such a move by the president automatically blocks punishment and a special panel comprising of senior judges examines whether or not the rights of the defendants have been violated.

President Mohammad Khatami told the parliament while delivering the two bills that they are the least democratic demands of the people.

He insisted that the two bills are in full compatibility with the Constitution and there is no legal obstacle for the Guardian Council to refrain from approving them.

The two bills are part of President Khatami's reform program and the least democratic demands of Iranian nation which drew him 22 million votes in the second presidential election.

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