Laya Joneydi: Law is Clear, Women can be President

Laya Joneydi, the Vice President for Legal Affairs, told ISNA that the law does not exclude women, and that anyone who argues otherwise, including in the Guardian Council, needs to provide evidence to support their view. The dispute centres on Article 115 of the Constitution, which outlines the criteria for the President. The article uses the word “rajol”, an Arabic word for man; some argue that this word excludes women, while others interpret it to mean “humanity”, thereby including women. Joneydi, a senior lawyer, argues for the latter view, although she herself has no intention to run for President.

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