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Iranian council says women can run for presidency

[JURIST] A spokesman for Iran's hard-line Guardian Council [BBC backgrounder] indicated Saturday that women can run in June's presidential election [AFP report]. The council ruling clears up an ambiguous aspect of the Iranian constitution [text] which states that the president must be elected from among political "rejal," an Arabic word that can be interpreted as men or the more gender-neutral political personality. The decision marks a distinct turnaround from the Council's previous insistence on the "male" reading of the word "rejal" and a Council spokesman would not elaborate about the change in interpretation. Reformist parties have welcomed the move. Reuters has more.

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