Iranian reformers nominate 700 candidates for elections

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.4 / Trend, T. Jafarov /

Some 700 reformers made up of representatives from different parties registered in Iran in March to stand for the parliamentary elections, the Iranian Mehr news agency quotes Secretary General of the Democratic Party (Mardom Salari), which is included in Iran's reformers' camp, Mostafa Kovakabian as saying on Wednesday.

"Some 100 of the 700 registered are well-known representatives of the reformers groups," Mr Kovakabian said.

Previously some organisations including the Coordinating Council of the Reformers said they will not submit a list of candidates and not nominate anyone for the next parliamentary elections. The Democratic Party is a member of the Council.

Despite this, Mr Kovakabian said members of the Democratic Party and Worker's House (Khane-ye Kargar), fractions and the Followers of the Imam, representing the reformers' camp, will take part in the forthcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2.

Fifteen well-known individuals from Tehran put themselves forward from the reformers to participate in the parliamentary elections, he said.

Earlier, the Secretary General of the National Trust Party and one of the leaders of reformers Mehdi Karroubi has called the elections 'dictated'.

Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said: "Everything indicates that we will not participate in elections and anyway taking part is pointless."

Some 5283 candidates have been nominated, the country's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said. This took place between Dec. 24 to 30 2011 and of the total registered, 390 are women.

The main competition in the elections will be between reformers and conservatives, but, according to opposition media outlets, some political parties, groups and representatives from the camp of reformers said they will not participate.

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