Women in the majlisWill the presence of more women in parliament make a difference in Iranian politics? Sue Witmer directed me to this Christian Science Monitor article. Thank you.
Iran's new parliament has more women than clerics
Official results Saturday showed that reformist and moderate politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won a big victory in second round parliamentary elections.
The outcome saw them outnumber their conservative rivals… for the first time since 2004…
After the second round of elections a record 17 women will become lawmakers in the 290-seat parliament -- one more than the number of clerics, which has hit an all time low…
Although the 17 women, nearly all reformists, elected represent only nine percent of the total it is a high for the Islamic republic and almost double the nine conservative women in the outgoing chamber. The previous high for female MPs was 14.
Results show there will be 133 reformists in the new parliament, 13 shy of a majority but more than the conservatives' 125 MPs. The remaining seats went to independents and minorities…
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