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Iran: Majlis Vice-Speaker says new ways to be examined if sit-in fails

First Vice-Speaker of the Iranian Majlis Mohammad-Reza Khatami said on Tuesday that new methods of protest will be examined if the sit-in fails to get to the desired results, IRNA reported from Tehran.

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Khatami who is also acting as the spokesman for those members of the incumbent Majlis who have been announced as disqualified for the 7th parliament and are now in a sit-in strike in the parliament's corridors, said the new methods and ways of protest will be declared next week.

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Khatami stressed the point that the government was the body in charge of executing laws so it should not give in to the unlawful disqualifications.

The Vice-speaker further expressed his opinion that those nominees disqualified on unlawful bases should be given the permission to run for the elections.

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He said what happened in the massive disqualifications of the 7th Majlis nominees points to a strong political will behind the scene to drop the reformists from the list of electoral nominees.

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Rumors on Khatami's threat to resign denied

Tehran, Jan 14, IRNA -- The Office of President Mohammad Khatami in a statement on Tuesday evening denied the rumors indicating that he has threatened to resign.

The statement said that the front page of one of the morning dailies in Tehran carried a news containing the president's message and some other relevant reports which was read by a certain person in the Majlis to those MPs who are in a sit-in strike there.

"The remark attributed to the president there is categorically dismissed hereby," the statement said.

The remark read to the MPs was from the statement issued by the governors general of the provinces which was mistakenly attributed to President Khatami, it added.

The rumors were immediately denied by the Majlis (Parliament), the statement further said.

MP resigns in protest at wholesale disqualification of nominees

Tehran, Jan 14, IRNA -- Representative of Chenaran and Torqabeh constituency in Khorasan province Ahmad Moradi resigned from sixth Majlis in protest at the mass disqualification of nominees of the next parliamentary election.

Reading the text of his resignation to the parliament, he stressed that now that he has been unable to take legal action to defend the rights of people and those of a large number of disqualified nominees of his province, he quits his post in the parliament.

He further maintained that since the country is pushed towards negating its identity as a republic, the power of parliament is restricted, the president's authority is limited, the role of people in running their own affairs is fading away and the real needs of people and the society are not taken into consideration, he would leave the parliament.

Karroubi vows to refer to Supreme Leader if disqualification issue not solved

Tehran, Jan 14, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi said here Wednesday that he will refer to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution if the Guardian Council refuses to solve the issue of disqualification of nominees by Supervisory Board.

Addressing the open session of Majlis, Karroubi added based on Article 6 of the Constitution, pillars of the system including president, Assembly of Experts and Islamic Consultative Assembly and referendum are set up by public vote.

The Constitution has special stipulations on Majlis election and the parliamentarians, he said, adding late Imam Khomeini had stressed the importance of Majlis because it holds special status regarding its interaction with people.

Karroubi called on the disqualified nominees to present their appeal to the Guardian Council to be studied.

He addressed the Supervisory Board to the 7th Majlis election, saying "Some 8,000 people have registered for the election but you have disqualified 3,600 hopefuls."

"First of all I defend the disqualified nominees who have no tribune to express themselves and secondly the disqualified MPs," Karroubi said.

He stressed that the Supreme Leader and leading members of the Guardian Council are also against the issue, adding "we will stand against it."

"We did our own task and in case of disqualification of nominees we call for documents. If the Guardian Council does not settle the issue, we will refer to the Supreme Leader," he further stated.

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