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Iranian parliament debating bill on religious minorities

Majlis

A view of Iran's Majlis

IRNA – Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday approved generalities of a bill for membership of religious minorities in the city and village councils.

As per the bill, the religious minorities have the right to nominate candidates for the city and village councils elections.

On Nov 26, Iranian legislators approved double urgency of a bill for membership of religious minorities and the bill secured 154 yes votes, 23 no votes, and 10 abstention. A total of 204 lawmakers were present at the parliament session.

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

All Iranian citizens are equal in benefiting from their basic rights within legal frameworks.

At present, out of 290 seats in the Iranian Parliament (Majlis), five lawmakers are from religious minorities. Zoroastrians and Jews, each has one representative, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians have one representative overall, and Christians living in the south and north of Iran, each has one representative in Majlis.

City and village councils in Iran are elected by direct vote of people. They choose the mayors of the cities and run the everyday affairs of the cities, towns and villages.

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