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News number: 8801231284

18:45 | 2009-04-12

Politics

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No Restriction on Women Candidacy in Presidential Election

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Guardians Council puts no restriction on women nomination in the presidential election scheduled for June 12, a spokesman of the council said on Sunday.



"The Guardians Council has never rejected anyone's candidacy because it was a woman or a man, and whenever a woman's candidacy has been rejected it has been due to her lack of overall skills," Abbas Ali Kadkhodayi was quoted by MNA as saying.

He pointed out that there is no restriction and no law on the nomination and assessment of women candidates.

When specifying the required traits and qualifications for presidential candidates, the Iranian Constitution uses the word "rejal," which in Arabic implies a man but which in Farsi means a political figure.

"The council has never put an interpretation on the word 'rejal'," Kadkhodayi said.