Monday, May 31, 2004

Reuters AlertNet - Iran watchdog approves division of province-papers

Reuters AlertNet - Iran watchdog approves division of province-papers: "Iran's constitutional watchdog has approved a bill to carve up the country's biggest province, a proposal that has ignited violent clashes in the past, local newspapers reported on Monday.
Iran's former reformist parliament voted last month to split the northeastern Khorasan province into three to allow more equitable budget allocation and prevent the regional capital Mashhad from absorbing the lion's share of state money.
The hardline Guardian Council watchdog, which has the power to veto any legislation it deems unconstitutional or un-Islamic, rejected the proposal earlier this month. But parliament re-submitted it after making some changes."


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