Nejatollah Ebrahimian, the spokesman for the Guardian Council, Iran’s constitutional watchdog, has reportedly handed in his resignation.

Nejatollah Ebrahimian

Nejatollah Ebrahimian

ISNA reported on Saturday January 16 that Ebrahimian had resigned from the role of spokesman for the Guardian Council.

Asked about the reasons for his resignation, he told reporters: “It is not an appropriate time for me to express the reasons for my resignation.”

Meanwhile, the head of Guardian Council Public Relations announced that the secretary of the council, Ayatollah Jannati, has not accepted the resignation.

The announcement of Ebrahimian’s resignation comes right after the Tasnim News Agency reported on Saturday morning that one third of the candidates who had registered to run in the parliamentary election have been disqualified.

The report has been dismissed by the elections bureau, which announced that the final list of candidates has not been submitted to their office.

Iranian reformists and moderate forces have been seriously concerned about being prevented from running in the elections by the Guardian Council and have been lobbying a number of members of the Guardian Council to prevent such a situation.