It has added a bitter aspect to campaigning and it follows anger among moderates and reformists after the vetting of the Guardian Council, a watchdog body of six Muslim scholars and six legal experts, disqualified half of the politicians wanting to stand as candidates for the 290-seat Iranian Parliament.
An unprecedented 12,000 candidates had applied and most of those barred were reformists and moderates.
But a religious ruling does not an official ban make.The system is so religiously conservative that, if accused of multiple extramarital affairs, a person can be stoned to death.Amputation is still seen as legitimate punishment and the age of criminal responsibility is skewed; for girls it’s nine, for boys it’s 15. He is a Sharif University graduate, brilliant and good-looking."All I knew," she says, "was that he was unable to hold a job. Once we moved in together on our wedding night, I found out that he is addicted to crystal meth.