Hard-Liners Reinstate More Barred Candidates

From Times Wire Reports

Iran’s hard-line Guardian Council reinstated a third of the candidates it had disqualified from next month’s legislative elections, but a leading reformist said the vote still would be undemocratic and threatened a mass boycott.

“There is no option left for us but to boycott this sham election,” said Saeed Shariati, a leader of the major reform party, Islamic Iran Participation Front.

Even with the reinstatement of 1,160 candidates, more than 2,400 liberals are still barred from running, including 80 incumbents.