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Iran: Plans to form women's political coalition

TEHRAN, May 21 (Mehr News Agency) -- Fatemeh Rakeii of the Islamic Iran Participation Party said in Tehran on Monday that she plans to form a coalition of women political activists to help women gain all their rights in the political and management arenas.

"I am trying to form a coalition of all women political activists who believe in the abolition of discrimination," Rakeii told the Mehr News Agency.

A coalition of reformist women is also going to be formed for the 2008 parliamentary elections that will try to convey the views and wishes of all women to the "main coalition", she stated.

"We will surely try to obtain a 30 percent share of Majlis seats for women," she added.

On the establishment of a women's branch of the IIPP, she said that the women's committee has informed the political office of the party of their views on women's issues, but due to certain cultural considerations, the office was unable to form a comprehensive link between women throughout the country so the women's branch will establish the link.

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