News ID: 205077
Published: 0235 GMT November 27, 2017

Parliament approves bill of membership of minorities in city councils

Parliament approves bill of membership of minorities in city councils
IRNA

Iranian lawmakers on Sunday approved a bill proposing membership of religious minorities and followers of all divine religions in the City and Village Councils.

The bill secured 154 aye votes, 23 nay votes, and 10 abstentions, IRNA reported.

According to the bill, religious minorities have the right to nominate candidates for the elections of City and Village Councils.

The Parliament’s move came after the country’s Guardian Council suspended the elected Zoroastrian member of Yazd City Council, Sepanta Niknam, following a complaint by a candidate.

The Islamic Republic of Iran recognizes the rights of religious minorities based on the Constitution.

Currently, out of 290 seats in the Iranian Parliament, five seats belong to religious minorities. Zoroastrians and Jews each have one representative; Assyrian and Chaldean Christians have one representative overall; and Christians living in southern and northern Iran, each have one representative in Parliament.

Members of the City and Village Councils in Iran are elected by direct vote of the people.

 

   
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