Monday, January 12, 2004

Mullahs feeling the heat?

Feeling the pressure, the Mullahs in Iran have decided to allow some of the candidates that were previously barred from participating in the upcoming elections to do so:

Iran's conservative Guardian Council - after hefty protests - appears to have partly revised its disqualification of more than 2,000 reformist liberal candidates from parliamentary elections due next month. The council said it was willing to reconsider its removal from electoral lists of 80 sitting reformist parliamentarians. Those candidates would first, however, have to submit appeals. On Sunday, reformists parliamentarians staged a sit-in protest. Those barred include Mohammad Reza Khatami, the younger brother of President Mohammad Khatami. He has vowed a legal challenge. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today refused to intervene. In 2000, conservatives lost control of parliament.


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