Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Khameini urges reconsideration 

Ayatollah Ali Khameini, the supreme leader of Iran, met with the Guardian Council and told them to take another look at the candidates they have disqualified from the Feb. 20 parliamentary election.

TEHRAN, Iran - Seeking to defuse a political crisis, Iran's supreme leader ordered hard-liners Wednesday to reconsider their disqualification of more than 3,000 pro-reform electoral candidates...

"The basis of decision should be that (candidates) are authorized to run unless it's proven otherwise," he told the members, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

He urged the members to use only "logical and common" grounds for disqualification. "The Guardian Council must definitely and carefully reconsider the qualification of hopefuls," the agency quoted Khamenei as saying.

Now we wait and see how many candidates (including the 80 incumbents) are allowed to run. This has to be seen, for the time being, as a victory for the reformists.
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