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Iran: Majlis seeks EC decision on presidential election law

Tehran, Feb 22, IRNA -- The Parliament on Sunday sent a bill on the amendments to presidential elections law to the Expediency Council for arbitration.

The parliament made the decision following the insistence of a group of its members on their own views after the Guardian Council, which supervises legislation, rejected the amendments.

The parliamentarians want an "educational degree" requirement to be set for the presidential candidates. They say people with degrees under M.A., M.S. or a same-level degree from theological schools who lack credible records in very high executive positions should not be allowed to run in the elections.

The Parliament members also say that people below the age of 40 or above 75 should not be considered as eligible candidates.

The Guardians Council rejected the amendments and now the EC experts are to make final decision.

Constitutional provision envisaged arbitration of the Expediency Council when a legislation passed by the parliament was not confirmed by the Guardian Council.

The EC has the final say on matters of dispute between Majlis and the Guardian Council.

The present presidential elections law in Iran was approved in 1985.

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