GC Reinstates more Hopefuls for Iran’s March Elections

TEHRAN (FNA) – Iran’s Guardians Council reinstated another 200 candidates to run in a March parliamentary election.

Over 2,000 registered candidates out of 7,200 were initially barred by government committees. However, the Guardian Council reinstated more than 1,000 hopefuls to run for parliament.

Potential candidates in Iran face a vetting process and have to receive the approval of the Guardians Council.

The council has the authority to reinstate those who were initially rejected or bar more hopefuls based on criteria such as loyalty to the Islamic system.

The final list of eligible candidates will be announced in the first week of March.

The government and political groups say the council has reinstated enough candidates to ensure a competitive race.

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