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Iran's Parliament revises 4th Development Plan to meet GC requirements

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA -- Majlis deputies, in an open session on Wednesday, approved revisions to the Fourth Five-Year Development Plan bill (March 2005-March 2010) to merit the Guardian Council's (GC) approval.

The bill was originally approved on August 18 and sent to the GC for ratification on August 28 but was returned to Majlis with the finding that seven of its notes were in conflict with the Constitution and needed to be revised.

In today's session, the lawmakers deleted a note under Article 17 of the bill which was to authorize foreign insurance companies to open branches in Iran.

Another note under Article 113 authorizing the government to arrange ceremonies, meetings, conferences, festivals and sports competitions in coordination with other countries to promote the 'Dialogue among Civilizations and Cultures" initiative was also totally omitted.

An amendment to a note under Article 114 of the bill makes it a duty of the government to submit a draft of any plan to create or expand non-governmental organizations, civil institutions and women's organizations to Majlis.

Moreover, the GC found the deletion of Article 215 of the bill to be in conflict with the Constitution.

In accordance with the article, the government was required to provide the Judiciary with 50 percent of the income of judicial courts and organizations affiliated to the judicial branch to be deposited in favor of the national treasury to cover their expenses.

First Majlis Vice-Speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar, who presided in today's session, said that following his talks with President Mohammad Khatami, the government will submit a separate draft to Majlis on the issue.

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