A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him (C, background) delivering a speech to provincial governors in Tehran on January 21, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY / HO
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Prominent but as yet unnamed reformists are among more than 1,400 initially rejected candidates now eligible to contest Iran's parliamentary elections on Feb. 26, a government official said Tuesday.Parliament is now dominated by conservatives, and a reformist official said that last month's exclusions had left only one percent – 30 of the group's 3,000 candidates – eligible for the election.The number of people allowed to contest the parliamentary election now stands at 6,185 – 51 percent of original applicants – including 586 women.The Feb. 26 parliamentary ballot coincides with elections to Iran's highest clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, a powerful committee that monitors the work of the country's supreme leader.
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