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Iran Politicians Face Review of Suitability for Parliament Bid

October 10, 2011

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Iranian authorities have set the dates for reviewing the suitability of politicians before allowing them to run for parliament on March 2, a practice that in 2008 led to the initial rejection of about a third of the candidates, including those deemed to lack Islamic values.

Their backgrounds will be assessed by authorities between Dec. 31 and Jan. 9 to ensure they are suitable to participate in the contest, with a weeklong campaign starting Feb. 23, the state-run Mehr news agency cited Mohammad-Najjar as saying today in Tehran. Politicians may register to run beginning Dec. 24, Solat Mortazavi, head of the elections headquarters, was cited yesterday as saying by state media.

In 2008, the Interior Ministry approved about 5,000 candidates to run in parliamentary elections in the Shiite Muslim-led nation, following the rejection by the Council of Guardians of almost a third of those who had applied.

Reasons for disqualifying applicants included “undertakings against the Islamic Republic,” a “lack of belief in Islamic values,” ties to foreign intelligence services and links to former Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the ministry said at the time. The majority of the seats in the 2008 elections were won by religious factions, including supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

--Editors: Heather Langan, Karl Maier

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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