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Iran lifts ban on non-Muslim town council member after outcry

The Daily Dawn

A pinnacle Iranian frame on Saturday lifted a ban imposed by means of a hardline-led council on a flesh presser from the minority Zoroastrian religion who had been elected to a metropolis council inside the principal metropolis of Yazd, the nation news employer IRNA mentioned.
 
The uncommon reversal came after a sizeable public outcry, lobbying by means of reformists and criticism via President Hassan Rouhani over of the ban by means of the mother or father Council, which vets legal guidelines and elections for compliance with Iran’s Islamic charter.

The Expediency Council, tasked with resolving conflicts among parliament and the mother or father Council, subsidized parliamentary amendments permitting participants of regarded non secular minorities to run for town councils, IRNA suggested.

The ruling allows Sepanta Niknam, a Zoroastrian elected to Yazd’s city council, to join the meeting after being suspended by the dad or mum Council in 2017, which stated most effective Muslims have been allowed to run inside the election.
 
Rouhani, a realistic Muslim cleric, had contacted the parliament speaker over Niknam’s case and last month referred to as his suspension “saddening”, according to the presidential internet site.

Iran’s constitution mandates a total of 5 reserved seats inside the 290-seat parliament for acknowledged religious minorities — Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians.

Zoroastrianism is Iran’s pre-Islamic faith. The Baha’i faith, which additionally has followers in Iran, isn't always a recognised religion in Iran, in which the Shi’ite non secular established order considers it a heretical offshoot of Islam.

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