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Iran's Parliament amends Irancell bill for second time

Tehran, April 25, IRNA -The Iranian Parliament (Majlis) amended, for the second time, on Monday a bill that would give Irancell the license to set up the first mobile telephone network in the country in cooperation with its Turkish counterpart, Turkcell.

The controversial bill was earlier approved by Majlis in mid February but the constitutional watchdog Guardian Council sent it back to the legislative body for some changes which it deemed necessary.

Formerly known as Turkcell and then renamed as Irancell, the contract triggered disputes over the shares of the Iranian side compared with its Turkish partner.

Based on the bill, initially approved by Majlis on February 15, 2005, the Irancell's share will be raised to 51 percent with the rest going to the foreign party.

According to the newly-amended version, all "issues related to the country's sovereignty should be under the monopoly of the Iranian government." The Majlis deputies also amended Articles One and Two of the bill which in their new version say "all security-related issues of the deal have to be ratified by the Supreme National Security Council," and also required the government to completely monitor the process of establishing the network.

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