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Iran's Parliament approves urgency of bill on referendum procedures

Tehran, March 2, IRNA -- The Majlis on Sunday approved the urgency of a bill to clarify the proceedings for requests to hold a referendum.

The single urgency bill had been prepared by 25 deputies who maintained 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 bill which comprises an article and five notes will be added to the Majlis bylaws as Article 207. Under its proposed article, Majlis would elect a special committee comprising 15 deputies to study the requests and report the outcomes to the parliamentarians.

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-thirds of the Majlis.

Article 59 of the Iranian Constitution 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.

It has been reported that the Majlis minority faction have also voted for the measure.

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