Record no. of women elected in Iran Parliament,Prez praises vot
Tehran: A record number of women have been elected in recently held parliamentary elections in Iran, more significantly outnumbering the clerics.
As many as 17 women were elected, the most after Islamic revolution of 1979, as compared to 16 clerics or ulemas, which constitute about 6 per cent of total number of 290 members of the parliament, the foreign media reported. Iranian President Hasan Ruhani has congratulated the electorate for the feat.
The outgoing parliament had nine women members and after this the number of women MPs in Iran will equal the women member number in Thailand and Nigeria.
The elections in Iran had taken place between February 26 and April 29 and the results were declared on April 29 last.
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