United Kurdish Front Aims to Introduce Candidates for the Upcoming Iranian Parliament Elections

The United Kurdish Front secretary Raof Karimi says they have already prepared a list of candidates to be presented to the Iranian Guardian Council for approval

Erbil - The United Kurdish Front secretary Raof Karimi says they have already prepared a list of candidates to be presented to the Iranian Guardian Council for approval.

In a telephone interview with Kurdistan 24, head of the legally permitted group, Mr. Karimi said he hopes at least some of their 27 candidate-designates in Ilam, Kermanshah, Kurdistan and Western Azerbaijan provinces where Kurds reside, will be approved by the Guardian Council of Constitution for candidacy.

The Guardian Council is a powerful bureaucratic body appointed by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, that manages all elections and has the authority to disqualify parliamentarian hopefuls.

He said although multiple candidates can unite and run in one list in elections, that has not so far been the case in Iranian Kurdistan where politicians have had to run independent. He added that his Kurdish Front which was founded in 2005, in the city of Sine (Sanandaj) by a group of former members of parliament, want to set a precedent for more political liberties there.

When asked about what they want to achieve by entering the Iranian Parliament, Mr. Karimi said they want to lead the way to recognition by the Islamic Republic of a "Kurdish question a peaceful solution to it, with linguistic and cultural rights granted."

Iranian Parliament, (officially known as Islamic Consultative Assembly) elections will be held on late February, 2016. With five seats reserved for non-Muslim religious minorities, 285 MPs will be elected to the assembly.