IRAN – Parliament moves to curtail non-Muslims’ voting rights


Date:  November 9, 2017

Iran’s parliament is to amend laws on the participation of religious minorities in elections, it announced. Religious minorities will be permitted to vote only for ‘candidates who are from their denomination.’ There is speculation that the new laws could bar Muslims from voting for candidates from religious minorities.

The announcement follows the suspension of a Zoroastrian member of the Yazd city council in September, who was removed from office after a local court ruled that non-Muslims should not represent a Muslim-majority area.

The court cited a statement by the head of Iran’s Guardian Council earlier this year, which called for religious minorities to be banned from running in local elections in majority-Muslim areas, as allowing a non-Muslim to govern Muslims is against sharia (Islamic law).

From Radio Farda here

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