Tehran, Jun. 08 - A member of Iran’s powerful Guardian Council said
that women were rejected from standing as candidates in the upcoming June 17
presidential elections because they were “incompetent to take up presidential
“Women lack the intellectual capacity and understanding to stand as
candidates in the [presidential] elections, and for this reason they were
disapproved en mass”, the non-cleric GC member said.
The Guardian Council, Iran’s hard-line watchdog is comprised
of six senior clerics and six judicial experts who are hand-picked by the
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The GC member’s statement has aroused much discontent among women in Iran.