Women walk past a picture of then presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi (R) and former President Mohammad Khatami in Tehran in this May 26, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/Files
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Iran's protracted election vetting process ended Tuesday with 6,229 candidates being allowed to stand for parliament, narrowing the battle lines for closely watched Feb. 26 polls.Anyone wanting to become a member of parliament or Iran's Assembly of Experts, a committee of 88 clerics that will be elected on the same day as lawmakers, must be vetted by the council.With a population of more than 12 million, Tehran has 30 seats with each parliamentary bloc offering a list of 30 candidates, whereas many towns have only one lawmaker.In Tehran six women out of the group's 30 candidates have been nominated.The final number of parliamentary candidates saw a significant rise after government haggling convinced the Guardian Council to re-authorize many barred candidates.
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