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Conservatists Concerned About the Next Majlis Elections

Jan 15 2014
Iran
Source: 
Rooz on line

by Jalal Yaghoubi

Last week, the ministry of interior published the bill on the establishment and activities of parties in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Prior to this, the minister of interior Rahmani Fazli had announced during a meeting with representatives of various political parties and groups that a draft had been in the works. “We shall reexamine the political party law and present our final bill to the full cabinet,” he had said.

Reformists call for release of opposition leaders in open letter

Dec 11 2013
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

Nine reformist figures have called for the release of political prisoners and an end to the house arrest of MirHosein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi.

The Etemad daily reported on Tuesday December 10 that their letter refers to the election of 2009, saying: “During the 2009 election, many committed errors, and as Mr. Khatami has said, we must forgive each other and try to build Iran’s future hand in hand.”

Rohani gov’t says it’s working to free opposition leaders

Dec 01 2013
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

An Iranian government spokesman has announced that the Rohani administration is working to end the house arrest of reformist figures and bring about the release of political prisoners.

In an interview with Etemad Newspaper on Thursday, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said the public should maintain its confidence in Hassan Rohani’s promises to open up the political scene, adding that the administration prefers to work hard at matters rather than merely make statements.

First draft of Iranian rights charter headed for public comment

Nov 28 2013
Iran
Source: 
Radio Zamaneh

The Iranian presidency’s legal advisors have published the first draft of the Charter of Citizen Rights, as promised earlier by President Hassan Rohani.

The President’s Office reports that the charter was prepared with “input from universities, seminaries, thinkers and scholars across the country” and was published together along with the 100-day report of the government.

Foreign dignitaries to attend Rohani's swearing-in ceremony

Jul 23 2013
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday that leaders and officials from across the world, except for the United States and Israel, have been invited to Rohani’s swearing-in ceremony scheduled for August 4, one day after his endorsement ceremony by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon will travel to Iran to participate in the ceremony.

Ayatollah Khamenei appoints members to Iran’s Guardian Council

Jul 16 2013
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has reappointed three Islamic jurist members of Iran’s Guardian Council and appointed a new jurist to the legislative and electoral supervisory body. In a decree issued on Tuesday, the Leader cited article 91 of the Iranian Constitution to reappoint Islamic jurist members Ayatollah Mohammad Mo’men, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi and Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi to another six-year term in the supervisory body.

Rohani becomes Iran’s new president

Jun 15 2013
Iran
Source: 
Press TV
Hassan Rohani has won Iran's 11th presidential election following a vote that saw a massive popular turnout on June 14.

Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced on Saturday that of a total of 36,704,156 valid ballots counted, Rohani won 50.70 percent of the ballots with 18,613,329 votes.

Principlist candidate Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf came in behind Rohani by a wide margin, winning 6,077,292 votes. He conveyed his congratulations to Rohani on his victory.

Reformist candidate Aref quits presidential race

Jun 11 2013
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Mohammad Reza Aref has withdrawn his candidacy from Iran’s June 14 presidential election in order to give the reformist camp a better chance to win. The former vice president announced his decision to drop out of the election in a statement issued late on Monday, in which he said the decision was made after he received suggestions from former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, who advised to stand aside.

GCC: Hezbollah terror group

Jun 03 2013
Bahrain
Iran
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Source: 
Arab News

The Gulf Cooperation Council yesterday unanimously declared Lebanon-based Hezbollah a terrorist organization and said it would take measures against the group’s interest in the Gulf countries.
“All GCC countries are convinced that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Ghanim bin Fadl Al-Buainain told reporters following a meeting of GCC foreign ministers in Jeddah.

Larijani Reelected as Iran's New Parliament Speaker

May 28 2013
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency

TEHRAN (FNA)- Members of Iran's parliament on Tuesday reelected Ali Larijani as the speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament).

A total number of 213 lawmakers voted in favor of Larijani's presidency over the ninth parliament for a second year, while his rival Ahmad Bakhshayesh gained 13 votes out of the 252 ballots cast in the voting. Also, 26 legislators abstained voting.

Larijani has headed the parliament during the past five years.

Election Campaigns Start in Iran

May 23 2013
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency

TEHRAN (FNA)- Campaigning for the June 14 presidential election kicked off in Iran early this morning after the Guardian Council released the list of qualified candidates.

Under Iran's Election Law, the Guardian Council, the body responsible for vetting hopefuls, is required to announce the list of approved hopefuls within five days after the end of registration. This period can be extended for another five days if necessary.

Mashaei’s campaign office to ask Guardian Council to revise decision

May 22 2013
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

The election campaign office of Esfandiyar Rahim-Mashaei, who was not approved by Iran’s Guardian Council to run in the upcoming presidential election, says it will pursue the matter through legal channels.

In a statement issued late on Tuesday, the campaign office said that it will use “the full legal capacity of the country" to appeal to the Guardian Council to revise and eliminate possible ambiguities in its decision, IRNA reported.

GC qualifies 8 candidates, disqualifies Mashaei, Hashemi

May 21 2013
Iran
Source: 
Mehr News

TEHRAN, May 21 (MNA) – The Guardian Council has qualified 8 candidates for presidential elections, Mashaei and Hashemi Rafsanjani disqualified.

Informed sources communicated the list of qualified candidates to Mehr News.

The same sources had that the following 8 candidates have been qualified for presidential nomination:

1. Saeed Jalili;

2. Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf;

3. Gholamali Haddad Adel;

4. Ali Akbar Velayati;

5. Hassan Ruhani;

6. Mohammad Gharazi;

7. Mohsen Rezaei; and

8. Mohammad Reza Aref.

Saudi Arabia arrests more 'Iran spy ring' suspects

May 21 2013
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Source: 
BBC News

Saudi Arabia has arrested 10 more suspects in what it says is a spy ring linked to Iran, state media report.

Those detained include eight Saudis, a Turk, and a Lebanese citizen. Eighteen people were arrested in the same case in March.

Saudi Arabia, which is predominantly Sunni Muslim, has recently repeatedly found itself at odds with Iran, an overwhelmingly Shia Muslim nation.

Iran has denied any involvement in spying in Saudi Arabia.

Minister: Over 66,000 Polling Stations Ready for Iranian Voters

May 19 2013
Iran
Source: 
Fars News Agency

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian voters will go to over 66,000 polling stations inside and outside the country on June 14 to elect their next president, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar announced on Sunday.

Speaking at the end of a session of the central executive committee of the elections here in Tehran today, Mohammad Najjar said that his ministry is fully prepared to hold the election and has set up 1040 executive committees for the upcoming elections throughout the country.

Iran’s Guardian Council extends deadline for vetting presidential hopefuls

May 16 2013
Iran
Source: 
Press TV

Iran's top electoral supervisory body, the Guardian Council (GC), has extended the deadline for announcing the names of approved hopefuls for the June 14 presidential race.

Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, the spokesman for the body, said Thursday that the Guardian Council will have until the 21st of May to announce the final list of candidates.

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