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Iran: More reformist candidates have been rejected

TEHRAN, Feb. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- "In many of constituencies, a lot of reformist candidates who had been endorsed by the administrative commissions, have been disqualified by the supervisory commissions at this stage," Safdar Hosseini, chairman of the provincial committee of the Reformists Coalition, told the Iranian Students News Agency on Monday.

Reports suggest that the number of disqualified hopefuls has increased, he said.

"It seems that some people want to deprive the reformists of contesting the elections and this is not serving the interests of the Islamic system...," he regretted.

Stating that such a situation is unprecedented during the years after the Islamic Revolution, Hosseini said, "At the present, we cannot decide about contesting or puling out of election; we will declare our final decision until the end of the week."

UFF finalizes its candidate list for Tehran

Shahabeddin Sadr, the United Fundamentalist Front's executive secretary, told the Mehr News Agency on Monday that the 30 candidates for the Tehran constituency have been finalized. 30 seats in parliament are allotted to the Tehran constituency.

Sadr also said Ali Larijani, the representative of the Supreme Leader at the Supreme National

Security Council (SNSC), will run for parliament in Tehran.

Sadr declined to name the other 29 candidates.

He also dismissed reports that each conservative party or group wants to have a specified share in the candidate list.

Meanwhile, an informed source close to Larijani, who asked not to be named, told Mehr that Larijani has yet to decide which constituency to stand for: Qom or Tehran.

Larijani himself confirmed on Sunday that Qom Seminary Teachers Society had requested him to stand for the Qom constituency.

Qom's clerics continue to insist on the matter, the source added.

After the letter, some other senior clerics have also requested Larijani to run for the March elections for Qom, he pointed out.

Larijani has said clerics are urging him to contest the elections for Qom because of the city's 'special characteristics'.

New conservative coalition may be formed

Larijani did not rule out reports that Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaii and Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf intend to form a coalition.

"I don't dismiss it, we are thinking about it but now ... it's not a good time to talk about it," Larijani said after delivering a speech at Alzahra University on Sunday.

Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani, the secretary general of Combatant Clergy Association (CCA), has urged all conservative parties and groups to gather under the umbrella of the United Fundamentalist Front, CCA spokesman Gholamreza Mesbahi-Moqaddam told a gathering on Sunday.

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