Sunday, August 12, 2007

Ayatollah Jannati Will Monitor Elections for Majlis

Iran’s Guardian Council today appointed ultra-hardliner Ayatollah Ahmad Janati to head a five-person panel to monitor the Majlis elections; scheduled for 18 March. The other four members of the team - Larijani, Kaabi, Alizadeh and Kadkhodaie, also belong to the radical fundamentalist faction.

The news was seen as bad omen for all moderate and reformist candidates whose eligibility to run for the parliament need to be approved by the panel. Jannati’s panel is feared to disqualify many of the moderates and the reformists.

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