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Iran: Politics and Government

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Iran; and if he will make a statement. (202774)

Since I last made a statement to the House on the political situation in Iran on 26 November 2007, Official Report, columns 220-21W, the parliamentary elections have taken place. As feared, a large proportion of reformist candidates were prevented from standing. Altogether, a third of all prospective candidates who registered to stand were disqualified by Iran’s Interior Ministry and Guardian Council, denying the Iranian people a genuine democratic choice about their country’s future.

Following the elections, the EU expressed

“deep concern that election procedures in the Islamic Republic of Iran have fallen below international standards and that the electoral process did not allow for truly competitive elections”.

The new Parliament will start sitting on 27 May.