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Iran: 22 reformist candidates approved to run for parliament

TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Guardian Council has approved the eligibility of 22 reformist candidates whose competence had earlier been rejected by supervisory and executive boards at the Interior Ministry.


Among those who have been endorsed are sitting MPs Nour al-Din Pirmoazen, Qodratollah Ali-Khani, Mohammad Ali-Khani, Hassan Moradi, Hossein Afrideh, Soheila Jelodarzadeh, former education minister Morteza Haji, and former IRNA director Abdollah Naseri.


Meanwhile, National Confidence Party spokesman Esmaeil Gerami-Moqadam told the Mehr News Agency that Mahdi Karrubi, the party chairman, is continuously following his efforts to bring back to the election competition some of the reformist and independent candidates who were recognized disqualified by the Interior Ministry.


UFF says it has efficient plans


The conservative United Fundamentalist Front claimed on Wednesday that it has "rapid efficient plans" for the next parliament.


"Development, constructive interaction with the world, and forming an efficient parliament familiar with problems" are part of the UFF plans for the March 14 legislative elections, the UFF executive secretary told a press conference on Tuesday.


Ex-industry minister Jahangiri to top reformist list


A member of the Reformist Coalition, Hedayat Aqaii, told the MNA that former industry and mines minister Eshaq Jahangiri is among the top members in the coalition's list of candidates.


Almost 30 of the reformist candidates, whose qualification had been rejected before, have been approved by the Guardian Council, he said. However, Jahangiri added "the number of our approved candidates throughout the country is not enough."


None of the reformists has decided to withdraw from the elections, he asserted.


Disqualification of certain candidates not defendable: Qalibaf


Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf told reporters on Tuesday, "As a citizen and a politician, I do not find disqualification of certain candidates to be defendable. I know some individuals who were disqualified despite being approved by four official sources."


The main problem with the election law is that it has not clearly defined how to recognize whether a person is qualified or not, he said, adding that the issue should be clarified so that personal opinions cannot interfere with the task.


The Guardian Council should act in a way that the rights of everyone would be observed, and candidates with different tastes and viewpoints should be allowed to participate in the elections, he stated.


The vetting bodies should act in a way that they leave no doubts that political approaches would not affect the vetting process, Qalibaf noted.


He also said that formation of the 5+6 group is a good idea for maintaining unity among the fundamentalists.


"As a fundamentalist, I believe that the present list is not convincing, and the basics which were defined before are not fulfilled," the mayor stated.


There are more suitable people that can be included in the reformists' list of candidates, he added.


No fundamentalist coalition with reformist groups


Meanwhile, Ali Dorani from the umbrella group of the Comprehensive Coalition of Fundamentalists ruled out joining a coalition with the reformist groups.


Dorani said out of 30 candidates for the Tehran constituency, 21 Majlis hopefuls have already been determined and soon several sitting MPs from Tehran will be added to the list.


In regard to a decision by former Supreme National Security Council chief Ali Larijani to run for parliament from Qom and former Management and Planning Organization director Farhad Rahbar who was appointed as Tehran University chancellor, the coalition list underwent some changes, Dorani told the Mehr News Agency.

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