Iran's Interior Ministry disqualified the Principlist lawmaker Ali Mottahari, a move which prevents him from running for the upcoming Majlis (parliament) election.

Speaking to Khabar Online, Mottahari himself confirmed the report today, saying that the executive bodies of the Interior Ministry have disqualified him from participating at the ninth Majlis election.
 
The representative of Tehran in the Majlis said the letter containing the view of the executive bodies of the Interior Ministry was received by him at home.
 
"The letter notes that I've been disqualified based on clauses 1 and 3 of article 28 of the Islamic Republic of Iran's elections law," he said.
 
According to him, these two clauses are "actual trust and compliance with Islam and the Islamic Republic of Iran's system", "expressing loyalty to the constitution, and the principle of the rule of supreme jurisprudent (Velayat-e Faqih)."
 
Astonished by taking such position from the side of the Interior Ministry against him, the member of culture commission of the Majlis stated that at the moment, he does not intend to protest against the judgment.
 
More than 4500 nominees have registered for the Majlis election by now. The poll is scheduled to be held on March 2, 2012.
 
As a prominent member of the majority Principalist faction of Iran's Majlis (parliament) and a main critic of some measures adopted by the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in recent years, Ali Mottahari announced in June that he has provided a petition to question the actions taken by the President which was then signed by 100 lawmakers.
 
The plan was then blocked by the presiding board of the Majlis out of expediency, but currently it is supposed to be implemented. Earlier Ahmadinejad announced his readiness to answer the questions to be raised by the lawmakers on the floor of Majlis.
 
Ali Mottahari is the son of the late Ayatollah Morteza Mottahari, a close student and ally of the founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Ayatollah Mottahari was a key theorist of the Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1979 and an influential figure who developed the ideology of the Islamic Republic.
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