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Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Iranian press, and excerpts where the source is in English. The link to the news organization or blog is provided at the top of each item. Tehran Bureau has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Please refer to the Media Guide to help put the story in perspective. You can follow our news feeds on Twitter.

Iranian committee asks for dissolution of reformist parties

Khabar Online | April 13, 2010

The Interior Ministry's Article 10 Committee of Parties asked for the dissolution of two political parties in its session yesterday.

According to Khabar Online, the committee reviewed the performance and record of two parties, the Islamic Iran Participation Party (IIPP) and the Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization (IRMO) at its session. The members of the committee sent a letter to Tehran's Public and Revolution Prosecutor's Office asking for a halt to all political activities of the two parties and called for a judicial verdict for the dissolution of the two parties.

Mohsen Mirdamadi and Mohammad Salamati are the secretary-generals of IIPP and IRMO respectively.

No bill to modify Iran subsidy plan

Press TV | April 13, 2010

No bill is to be introduced to the Iranian Parliament to modify the current subsidy reform law, Iran's deputy Parliament Speaker says.

"In a meeting with a group of Iranian MPs, the President has agreed to facilitate the implementation of the subsidy bill without introducing a complementary bill," said Mohammad Hossein Abu Torabi at the beginning of the parliament's Tuesday session.

A working group, compromised of Iranian lawmakers and government delegates, earlier announced that it has resolved a number of issues over the implementation of the subsidy reform law.

"According to the new agreements, the government is to implement the new law within nine months rather than 12 months [of the passage of the bill]," Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hossein Farhangi said Sunday.

Iran president accepts MPs' bill on subsidies

Mehr | April 13, 2010

The first vice-speaker of the Majlis, Mohammad Hasan Abu Torabifard, has said that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted to carry out the MPs' version of the targeted subsidies bill.

According to Mehr, Abu Torabifard made the statement at the beginning of the Majlis open session this morning, saying, "The president, in a meeting with two MPs, accepted to implement the law while continuing the talks between the government and the Majlis."

Employees of Abadan municipality go on strike

GVF | April 13, 2010

Workers at the municipality of the southern city of Abadan have staged a strike to demand their unpaid wages and voice their demands.

According to opposition website Jaras, more than fifty workers currently working at the municipality went on strike on Sunday morning to protest against three months of unpaid wages.

The workers then reportedly took their protest to the City Council of Abadan, an act that forced officials to promise to pay their unpaid wages, according to the site. however the workers vowed to continue with their strikes if their demands were not met by next week.

MPs concerned over hanging of Afghans in Iran

AIP | April 12, 2010

Several members of the Afghan parliament and the government have reported that a number of Afghans were hanged and others faced death by hanging in Iran, but provided conflicting figures put to death.

Nur Akbari, a member of parliament for Herat Province, told the general session of parliament today that he has seen the bodies of 45 Afghans, who were hanged in Iran, then sent to Afghanistan through the Islam Qala port.

A foreign ministry representative in Herat, Rangin Sekandari, said the figures were wrong and told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the dead bodies of four Afghans hanged in Iran had been given to them four days ago by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Sekandari added that the four Afghans hanged in Iran were residents of Ghowrian District of Herat Province and were tried and later hanged on charges of drug trafficking.

Zaher Faqeri Ahmad, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Kabul, told AIP in a telephone call that a delegation would be sent to Iran very soon to speak closely with the Iranian authorities regarding the issue of Afghans sentenced to be hanged and those hanged.

Members of parliament considered the behavior of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the issue inappropriate and said that the minister of foreign affairs will be summoned to parliament to be grilled about the issue.

'West has no evidence against Iran'

Press TV | April 13, 2010

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says there is no evidence indicating that Iran's nuclear activities include efforts to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Iranian officials have always stressed that their nuclear investments and activities are for peaceful purposes, the Turkish prime minister said Monday, according to a translation of his comments posted on the IRIB news website.

The Turkish Prime Minister was speaking at the George Mason University's new Center for Global Islamic Studies, just outside Washington.

Erdogan said that his country does not want Iran or any other nation to have nuclear weapons but went on to add that there was nothing to prove that Tehran's nuclear ambitions were in any way military.

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