Elected female member of Iranian parliament banned from taking her seat
In February, Minoo Khaleghi handily won a seat in the Iranian parliament along with many other independents and reformists, who now outnumber the conservative hard-liners.
|The Dispute Settlement Committee of Branches, which is part of the generally conservative Iranian judiciary, ruled Khaleghi cannot be sworn in as a member of parliament. Iranian women must wear a head scarf while traveling abroad. However, photographs were leaked on social media showing Khaleghi in public both in Europe and China without a headscarf. Conservative hard-liners immediately charged Khaleghi with "betraying the nation."|