Rafsanjani Calls for "Fatwa Council"
September 17, 2003
"Conducting a regime can not be founded on the fatwa or a single person," Rafsanjani said, using the Islamic term for religious edicts.
"If there is council or councils which focus on important questions and issue a fatwa, that would be a basis for the constitution's Council of Guardians to approve or reject laws passed by parliament," he said at a meeting with clerics late Tuesday in the northeastern city of Mashhad.
The Council of Guardians, composed of six ayatollah appointed by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and six jurists named by the judiciary chief, examines parliamentary legislation to ensure it conforms with the constitution and Islamic precepts.
"Any given law could turn the country upside-down ... could decide between peace or war, could isolate us, humiliate us in the eyes of the world, or, on the other hand, honour us," said Rafsanjani.
He did not specify the criteria for selecting members of his proposed fatwa council, nor give a timing for its possible formation.
The Council of Guardians normally reaches its verdicts on the advice of conservative clerics rather than religious reformers in the Islamic republic with an eye on public opinion. http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=18083&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
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"Conducting a regime can not be founded on the fatwa or a single person," Rafsanjani said, "unless it is a person such as myself."
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