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12/7/08

Iran: Guardians Council Rejects Electoral Amendments

Source: Press TV

Iran's legislative watchdog, the Guardians Council, rejects parliament-set amendments to the country's presidential electoral law.

Earlier in November, Iran's Majlis set new strict limits for hopefuls who wish to run for president in the June 12, 2009 elections.

The new electoral law only qualified applicants aged between 40 and 75 who held the equivalent of a master's degree to run for president.

The amendment was introduced after Interior Minister Ali Kordan, who was impeached over his forged Oxford University Ph.D, failed to win Majlis approval and was removed from his post.

Abbas-Ali Kadkhoadi, spokesman for the Guardians Council which reviews parliamentary decisions to avoid inconsistencies with the constitution asserted on Saturday that amendments should be made to the country's electoral law.

However, Kadkhodayi added that the new criteria introduced into the country's electoral rules, aimed at preventing frivolous candidacies, are "in conflict with the constitution."

The Iranian official said any amendment to Iranian laws should be made within the framework of the constitution, adding that the 12-member vetting body would evaluate every parliamentary decision to avoid controversial issues.

The Majlis-introduced law also required candidates to have already served in a national post such as president, vice-president, minister, judiciary, military or broadcasting official, or as mayor of a major city.

Faculty members ranked assistant professor and above, lawyers with more than 10 years' experience, the leaders of recognized political parties, directors and editors of newspapers and private company directors were also regarded eligible to register.

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