The Expediency Council, which mediates disputes on law making between the Parliament and Guardian Council, met on Saturday to review the changes made by the Guardian Council on amendments to the Presidential Law which had failed to pass the Parliament last week. The Expediency Council identified two problems with the proposed changes which they deemed incompatible with the laws of the country, and returned the proposed changes to the Guardian Council for another revision. The amendments would limit presidential candidates to be between the ages of 40 and 70, and at this stage are unlikely to pass in time to affect this year’s election.
The Guardian Council today announced that it had approved amendments to the proposed changes to the Presidential Law. A proposed change to the law, aimed at limiting Presidential candidates to between the ages of 40 and 70, was rejected by the Parliament on Sunday. The law has been interpreted by some as aimed at keeping Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi from running this year. The amendments will now go to the Expediency Council to negotiate with the Parliament about the law’s future.