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Iran elections need no international monitoring: MP

7 February 2016 10:38



A senior Iranian lawmaker slams a request by three US lawmakers for visas to Iran to monitor the upcoming elections, saying polls in the Islamic Republic need no international monitoring.

“Elections in the Islamic Republic of Iran need no international oversight and in case of any need (to monitoring) , that (monitor) will definitely not be the United States,” Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi told IRIB news on Saturday.

He added that the Americans have no right to make such an inappropriate request to observe Iran’s elections.

The Iranian lawmaker emphasized that the Islamic Republic “has the most powerful democracy in the region and our elections are quite transparent and in line with international regulations.”

On Thursday, three hawkish US Republican lawmakers applied for visas to Iran to observe the elections, visit the country’s nuclear sites and meet with officials of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

The next elections for the 10th term of the Iranian Majlis (parliament) and the 5th term of the Assembly of Experts will take place simultaneously on February 26.

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