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Iran Council Backs Off a Bit on Barred Politicians

The hard-line Islamic religious authority that disqualified 3,600 candidates from parliamentary elections next month has reversed its ruling for 200 candidates, and it announced today that more reinstatements would follow. But reformers, who have accused conservatives of trying to steal the election, continued their sit-in today, saying they would not stop until all the disqualifications were reversed. Abbas Kadhodai, a member of the hard-line body, the Guardian Council, said, “So far, we have approved some 200 candidates who had been disqualified.” He added, in a statement on the council’s Web site: “This trend will continue After the order was given by the supreme leader, we have been obliged to speed up our work.” Full Story

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