11:24 22 June
11:20 22 June

Iranian speaker dismisses "concerns" over presidential election reform bill


Baku-APA. Iran's Mijlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani dismissed Monday "concerns" over the recent presidential election reform bill prepared by the Iranian lawmakers, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

On Sunday, Majlis passed generalities of the presidential election reform bill. According to part of the bill, a presidential candidate requires at least 100 lawmakers to endorse him as a statesman or at least 12 members of the assembly of experts to endorse him before he can present his credentials, Press TV reported.

The opponents to the bill believe it is a violation of the constitution, which have been practised over the past years since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

The new regulations mean that the eligibility of presidential candidates should be further approved by the country's current political, religious and administrative figures.

Larijani also said the bill still needs to become a law if it is approved by the Iranian Guardian Council as the top legislative body of the country and the constitution observer.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed Sunday his disapproval of the election reform bill, saying that it is in violation of the articles of the constitution and it undermines the people's choices and limits their freedom, according to Press TV.

Ahmadinejad said the new regulations is an embodiment of appointing a president without referring to the people's vote, according to local media.

He also criticized part of the bill that proposes the establishment of executive boards by the judiciary to be in charge of holding the elections, said Press TV.

In the previous presidential elections in the Islamic republic, the interior ministry was in charge of holding the elections.

The Iranian speaker said Monday that the appointment of executive boards for holding the elections will not undermine the authority of interior ministry.

The interior ministry will still have some roles in holding the elections, but under the supervision of the executive boards, said Larijani, adding that this will further safeguard the presidential elections, slated for June 2013.

After eight years in the office, Ahmadinejad is no more eligible to run for the next presidential term, but he is critical of the hardline conservative faction of Majlis, which he believes are trying to prevent his followers from succeeding him.

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