Iran allows non-Muslim on city council

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Guardian Council, which vets laws and elections for compliance with Iran’s Islamic constitution has lifted a ban it had imposed in 2017 on a politician, Sepanta Niknam, from the minority Zoroastrian religion who had been elected to a city council in the central city of Yazd. Mr Niknam was suspended by the council which held that only Muslims were allowed to run in the election. The rare reversal came after a widespread public outcry, lobbying by the country’s reformists and criticism by President Hassan Rouhani.

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