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Reformers to Khatami: Delay vote

Reformist members of Iran’s parliament have urged President Mohammed Khatami to postpone this month’s parliamentary elections, saying the disqualification of thousands of candidates by Iran’s clerical rulers makes a fair vote unlikely. Lawmakers have staged a sit-in at Tehran’s parliament building for the past 24 days to protest the disqualification of reformist candidates by the Guardian Council, a panel dominated by the Islamic republic’s conservative clergy. Reformist leaders met Tuesday with Khatami, the country’s pro-reform president, and urged him to postpone the balloting, now set for February 20. Full Story

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