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Iranian spokesman: Guardian Council should keep away from political ends

Guardian Council's decisions should not be political or inconsistent with the law, observed Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said in Tehran on Sunday, IRNA reported.

Speaking in a round-table debate on 'The Government and Election', held at IRNA, Ramezanzadeh said that rejection of eligibility of the incumbent MPs is unacceptable, without documentary evidence, politically motivated and impractical.

"The Guardian Council should substantiate the reasons for rejecting the candidates and prove that its action is in accordance with the law. Then the Interior Ministry and the government will respect their decision," he said.

"If the Guardian Council had confirmed the new election law the parliament had passed, we would not have seen such ambiguity and tension and the community would have gone to the election with tranquility," he said.

He said that the government will strictly enforce the law and will not bow to illegal decisions.

"The government sees itself not obliged to put into practice any illegal decision no matter which organ had taken it. No one should insist on illegal methods," he said.

Ramezanzadeh criticized the Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) for ignoring impartiality and pursuing political considerations in its broadcasts.

He said that the IRIB has never been under the control of the government adding that a council of ten ministers have been assigned to monitor how the IRIB budget is spent.

"We hope the council will be given the opportunity to carry out its legal obligation adequately."

Karroubi concerned about mass rejection of Majlis nominees

Tehran, Jan 11, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi here Sunday expressed his regret over competency rejection of a large number of nominees for the February 20 Majlis (Parliament) elections.

Addressing the open session of Majlis, he said a number of present Majlis deputies and a group of well-known personalities are among those whose competency have been rejected.

"President Mohammad Khatami and me are following up the case (of rejected nominees) these days, while sometimes we do that separately," he added.

"We (Karroubi and Khatami) have made consultations with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Secretary of the Guardians Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati and some other officials over the case and we will continue our efforts," he noted.

The Majlis speaker further urged all MPs and others whose eligibility have been rejected, to lodge complaints within the legal period announced by the officials.

He stressed that he would defend the rights of the people thorough legal ways on the basis of the oath he has taken before the Iranian people.

Meanwhile, the Executive Boards announced last week that the competency of 92.88 percent of the nominees for the upcoming Majlis elections throughout the country had been approved, pending the views of the Supervisory Boards.

Registration of nominees for the upcoming Majlis elections began throughout the country on December 13 and ran for one week until December 19.

Belief in and commitment to Islam and the Islamic Republic of Iran, allegiance to the Constitution and Velayat-e Faqih (Islamic Jurisprudence), having good physical health, holding at least an Associate of Arts/Science degree or its equivalent, lack of criminal records and being between ages of 30 and 75 are among pre-requisites for the nominees.

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