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Iranian reformist women seek 30% of Parliament seats: former MP

TEHRAN, July 9 (Mehr News Agency) -- Reformist women are seeking 30 percent of the Majlis seats in the 2008 parliamentary elections, former MP Fatemeh Rakeii said here on Monday.

"We are currently consulting with famous figures to obtain concessions for women for the eighth parliamentary elections," Rakeii told the Mehr News Agency.

Now, almost 30 years after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, women's current social condition does not suite them, stated Rakeii.

Rakeii is currently the secretary general of the Neo-Thinking Muslim Women Party.

"I personally believe that 50 percent of the lists of candidates should go to women as they form half of our population and they are actively participating in scientific, social, political, and other arenas," she added.

Rakeii expressed hope that reformists would take most of the seats in the Majlis.

Reformists are unwilling to review their failures

TEHRAN, July 9 (Mehr News Agency) -- The reformists are afraid of analyzing the reasons behind their failures in presidential and council elections, a member of the Group of Islamic Revolution Devotees, Mojtaba Shakeri, said here on Monday.

The reformists have always sought to put the blame on external factors such as the Guardian Council, ballot counting, and character assassination for their failures, Shakeri told the Mehr News Agency.

He said reformists suffer from lack of "social acceptability."

He warned that the "fundamentalists" will lose the upcoming parliamentary elections if each of the groups within the camp present separate lists of candidates.

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