Omid Memarian

Friday, February 08, 2008

Iran nixes candidacy of Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson

Ali Eshraghi is not an exception. He was disqualified by Iran's government to enter the parliament. He is the grandson of Ayatollah Eshraghi, Islamic Republic's founder. I am almost about to finish a story about this issue, which has received huge media coverage, and will publish it soon. I will post it here as well:
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The grandson of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini described his ban from next month's parliamentary elections Thursday as an insult to his family and said he would never beg to run.
Ali Eshraghi says he won't publicly protest the decision in order to protect his family's name. Ali Eshraghi -- who bears a marked resemblance to the late founder of Iran's Islamic republic -- is one of thousands of prospective candidates excluded on the grounds they were not sufficiently loyal to the principles of Khomeini's 1979 Islamic revolution. (Read the rest of this story here)


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