Iranian women presidential hopes crushed

2013-05-16 16:11
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Tehran - A member of Iran's constitutional watchdog says women cannot be presidential candidates, effectively killing the long-shot bids by about 30 women seeking to run in the 14 June election.

Even before Thursday's comments by Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, chances for a woman candidate in Iran's presidential election were considered nearly impossible.

Iran's constitution uses a word denoting only a male president.

The semi-official Mehr news agency quotes Yazdi as saying the "law does not approve" of a woman in Iran's highest elected office and that this is "not allowed”.

Women, however, have been elected lawmakers and serve in the parliament.

The Guardian Council, where Yazdi is a member, vets all candidates.

A total of 686 people have registered to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The final list will be announced next Tuesday.

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