Iran reinstates more candidates for election

Iran on Tuesday announced it reinstated 251 more candidates disqualified from parliamentary elections, bringing to over 831 the number of hopefuls reinstated after strict initial vetting caused uproar.

Iran reinstates more candidates for election
The Guardians Council which has the final say on the vetting, has already allowed some 580 candidates who were originally not allowed to stand to take part in the March 14 election.

Council spokesman Abbasali Kadkhodaei said that in addition, "251 of the candidates for the eighth parliament (since the Islamic revolution) have been reinstated," according to the IRNA news agency.

"These were the people who either had not qualified or their qualifications were not confirmed," he added.

He said those reinstated include both reformists and conservatives but media have said reformists are the main beneficiaries, in a possible boost to their chances of having an impact on the vote.

Those reinstated had been disqualified in the first stage of the vetting process by either interior ministry executive committees or the Guardians Council supervisory committee.

Prominent conservative and reformist figures had complained bitterly about the number of original disqualifications, with reformist former president Mohammad Khatami labelling the move a "catastrophe."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Şubat 2008, 14:37