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Iran's Parliament elects three lawyers to fill vacancies in Guardian Council

Majlis deputies on Sunday elected three lawyers to fill vacant positions in the Guardian Council, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The lawyers, Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Gholam-Hussein Elham and Abbas Ka'bi, were elected by MPs in an open session of the Majlis this morning.

Alizadeh obtained 195 votes out of the total 258 cast in the secret balloting. Elham and Ka'bi received 174 and 169 votes, respectively.

Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, in a letter to the Majlis speaker, named five nominees to Majlis for the posts.

The terms of two council members, Reza Zavare'i and Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, have expired and another council member, Mohammad Reza Abbasifar, had resigned.

The Guardian Council, a constitutional body comprising six jurists appointed by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and six lawyers, oversees laws passed by the parliament to determine their conformity with Islamic teachings and the constitution. It also oversees elections and passes on the qualifications of candidates.

Under the constitution, the six lawyers are to be nominated by the judiciary and elected by the Majlis.

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