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Sunday, 13 February, 2000, 12:29 GMT
Many women in Iran elections



Iranian officials have given details of the number of women candidates in next Friday's parliamentary elections.

Interior ministry officials say that just over seven per cent of all candidates are women -- more than ever before -- and in the capital, Tehran, the proportion is nearer fifteen per cent.

On Saturday five women candidates supporting Iran's reformist President, Mohammad Khatami, said that if elected they would press for equal rights with men -- and an end to the practice of forced marriages.

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