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Minorities to be city council members in Iran

Tehran, According to the law that passed today religious minorities can become nominated and become city council members in Iran, said Majid Ansari, a member of the Expediency Discernment Council of the System on Saturday.

With this law, Sepanta Niknam can enter the city council of Yazd.

Niknam, a Zoroastrian Iranian, was elected to the City Council of Yazd, central Iran in 2013 and served as a councilor till 2017; however, because he is a non-Muslim, he was not allowed to enter the council for the second term. He is the first and the only Zoroastrian to have served as a councilor in the city councils of Iran.

Ansari also said that the amendment to let the non-Muslims be member of city councils was passed in Majlis (Iranian Parliament) but rejected in the Guardian Council.

According to the Iran laws, the Expediency Discernment Council (EDC) has the final say in the disputes beween Majls and the Guardian Council. EDC in its today's session confirmed the law.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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