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Head of new Reformist group in Iran resigns from party

Aug 24 2015
Iran
Source: 
Al Monitor

Seyed Mohammad Sadegh Kharazi, the seasoned Iranian diplomat who started his own Reformist bloc ahead of the 2016 parliamentary elections, has suddenly and dramatically resigned from the party. The resignation comes shortly after Kharazi gave a controversial interview in which he threatened to name Reformist figures under the Mohammad Khatami administration who had a relationship with US officials in New York.

New reformist party meets

Aug 22 2015
Iran
Source: 
IRNA

Tehran, Aug 22, IRNA - A new reformist party held its first congress in the Iranian capital Tehran on Thursday.

During the meeting, Ali Shakouri-Rad was elected as the secretary general of Union of Islamic Iran People Party, IRNA reported.

A total of 30 political activists are members of the central council of the party that recently got a license form the Interior Ministry to launch its activities in the country.

It is said that most members of the new party are former members of the Islamic Iran Participation Front that was banned in 2009.

Rouhani call for greater electoral plurality may presage rising post-Iran deal domestic tensions

Aug 21 2015
Iran
Source: 
Iran Politik

Hassan Rouhani has called for the Council of Guardians to take a supervisory rather than executive role in vetting candidates in elections. But this may have more to do with the Iranian presidents fears of disqualification of his allies than a desire for greater electoral plurality.

In a speech on Wednesday 19 August 2015, Hassan Rouhani called for a more cautious Iranian foreign policy and for the Council of Guardians (CoG) to take a more limited, supervisory, role in vetting election candidates.

Reformists call for fairness in vetting Assembly candidates

Aug 13 2015
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

A number of Iranian reformist figures have met with Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi and Ayatollah Mohammad Momen, members of the Guardian Council, to discuss concerns about the council disqualifying reformist candidates from running in the next Assembly of Experts elections.

The Guardian Council determines the eligibility of candidates to run in the elections based on constitutional provisions; however, it has often been accused by reformist and moderate factions of the Islamic Republic establishment of bias toward conservative candidates.

Interior Minister Puts Number of Likely Election Candidates at 4,000

Aug 10 2015
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced that almost 4,000 people are likely to declare candidacy for the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections early 2016.

"There are signs and indications that some 4,000 people plan to declare their candicacy in the elections," Rahmani Fazli told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

He predicted that the upcoming parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections would be a scene of hot rivalries.

Rafsanjani ‘to run for seat in Assembly of Experts’

Aug 04 2015
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has announced his intention to stand as a candidate in the country’s forthcoming Assembly of Experts elections.

According to his official website, Rafsanjani said in an interview with an Iranian media outlet that he intends to run for a seat in the Assembly of Expert.

Los reformistas iraníes preparan su regreso a la escena política

May 24 2015
Iran
Source: 
El País

Hubo una explosión de esperanza y luego vino la represión y el silencio. ¿Qué ha pasado con el Movimiento Verde que sacudió Irán hace seis años? No sólo ha sobrevivido en los corazones de quienes ansiaban cambios, sus ideólogos han empezado a organizarse para encuadrar el proyecto reformista dentro de la ley, e intentar volver a la escena politica. Su objetivo es participar en las elecciones parlamentarias del año que viene.

Local council elections go unnoticed in Tehran

Apr 15 2015
Iran
Source: 
Al Monitor

Tehran — a metropolis with 7.8 million inhabitants, 22 districts and 354 neighborhoods — conducted its fourth set of neighborhood council elections in March. More than 13,000 candidates ran for office, and according to high-ranking municipality officials, the number is a significant increase compared with 2009 elections. Still, although voter turnout was significant, there are doubts about the effectiveness of the councils in the framework of urban policymaking.

 

Iran’s legislative elections to come on February 26, 2016

Feb 19 2015
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

The spokesman for Iran’s Guardian Council has announced the official date for the next legislative elections in the country.Nejatollah Ebrahimian said Wednesday that nationwide elections to elect representatives for the Iranian parliament (Majlis) will take place on February 26, 2016.

Iran’s Interior Ministry, which is charged with organizing the vote, had demanded the Guardian Council to pick a choice between February 26 and March 4 next year, Ebrahimian said.

Rouahani calls for gender equality

Apr 20 2014
Iran
Source: 
Mehr News Agency

Addressing a meeting of women attending the National Festival of Women Achievements in Economy and Culture in the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lady Fatima Zahra, daughter of the Prophet of Islam held Sunday in Summit Hall, paid homage to this day as Mother’s Day, almost reciting a panegyric to Lady Fatima Zahra.

“I congratulate all Muslims especially Shiite Muslims on the occasion of the birth of the Prophet’s daughter, Ali’s wife, and mother of all Imams and especially of the heroine of Karbala, Zainab,” Rouhani said.

Iran deputy FM rejects UK renewed sanctions

Apr 16 2014
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

An Iranian deputy foreign minister has condemned Britain’s renewed sanctions on Iranian individuals as politically-motivated and biased.

The UK Treasury has renewed sanctions against 15 current and former Iranian officials under the pretext of violating human rights.

“The sanctions are unilateral, biased, politically-motivated and totally unacceptable,” Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi said on Tuesday.

EP resolution has no value to Iran: Velayati

Apr 07 2014
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

A senior Iranian official has slammed a recent anti-Iran resolution by the European Parliament (EP), stressing that the Islamic Republic sees no value in such “baseless judgments.”

The recent EP resolution is merely aimed at exerting political pressure on Iran, said Ali Akbar Velayati, who is a top advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

“These kinds of unjust and groundless judgments are of no value to the Iranian nation,” he said.

Iran Majlis to discuss EP resolution immediately

Apr 05 2014
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iran's Majlis plans to discuss the recent resolution by the European Parliament (EP) about the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic.

The National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis will examine the issue at its first session in the Persian New Year and adopt the required decisions, said committee spokesman Seyyed Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini on Friday.

EP resolution interference in Iran affairs: MP

Apr 04 2014
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

An Iranian lawmaker says a resolution recently adopted by the European Parliament (EP) on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic is an act of interference in the country’s internal affairs.

“The move by the European Union is [an instance of] meddling in Iran’s domestic affairs,” said Nozar Shafi’ee, a member of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, on Thursday.

15th Summit of Assembly of Experts opens in Iran

Mar 04 2014
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

The 15th Summit of Iran’s Assembly of Experts has kicked off in the capital, Tehran, with the country’s senior officials in attendance.

The two-day event opened in Tehran on Tuesday with a speech by Chairman of the Iranian Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, both members of the Assembly, are among the participants of the meeting.

Final version of Iranian rights charter expected next month

Jan 21 2014
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

The Rohani administration has announced that the newly drafted Carter of Citizens’ Rights will be finalized by the end of February.

IRNA reports that the public still has the opportunity to submit ideas regarding the draft, adding that more than a thousand emails about the charter have been sent in so far, and they will be processed and incorporated in the final draft.

He added that more than 120 legal experts have also submitted their review of the draft along with their respective recommendations.

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