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Iran: University Professors Association criticizes GC for mass disqualification of hopefuls

The Islamic Association of the University Professors directed criticism against the Guardian Council (GC) for he mass disqualification of the reformist hopefuls of the 20 February parliamentary elections in Iran, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Association in a communique issued Saturday called on the disqualified members of parliament to stand fast against what it called "the illegal move" by the GC.

The communique a copy of which was faxed to IRNA called on the MPs to tap all legal means including sit-ins to resist the outlawed steps by the Iranian top electoral vetting body and to call for their rights to be restored.

The MPs should insist the restoration of their rights and the implementation of the legislation, said part of the statement adding that the MPs should act based on their religious and legal obligations.

It said as the president has precisely stated the disqualification of hopefuls has been made in flagrant violation of constitutional clauses.

Everyone has obligation to stand against the illegal actions in the society, it emphasized.

President Mohammad Khatami stressed a few days ago that many signs indicated that disqualification of 7th Majlis hopefuls has not been motivated by impartiality.

He pointed to the significant position of the Majlis as the symbol of democracy and said the Islamic Majlis in particular should embody the will and presence of the people in determining their destiny.

Khatami further noted that it was wrong to resort to anything available to deprive people of having free elections.

The parliamentarians whose qualification had been rejected by the GC showed a vehement behavior by holding a sit-in in protest to their mass disqualifications.

They staged a sit-in in protest to what they said was an illegal but organized and politically-motivated disqualification of the 7th Majlis hopefuls by the GC.

Among the disqualified are the first and second parliament deputies Mohammad Reza Khatami and Behzad Nabavi.

Earlier, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei urged the Guardian Council to review the disqualification of the prospective candidates in the upcoming general election.

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