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Iran Reinstates 251 Additional Candidates for March Elections

Iran's state news agency says authorities have reinstated another 251 candidates for next month's parliamentary elections, bringing the total reinstated in the past week to more than 800.

The official news agency IRNA quotes an official as saying the reinstated candidates include reformists.

Iran's Interior Ministry had banned more than 2,200 candidates, mostly reformists, from competing in the March 14 poll for the 290-seat parliament.

Last week, Iran's highest oversight body, the Guardian Council, said that it had reinstated almost 600 of those candidates.

Iranian authorities can disqualify candidates who are not deemed as showing sufficient loyalty to Iran's Islamic system.

Reformists and conservatives have strongly criticized the mass disqualifications, warning that they undermine the election process.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, Reuters.