City Councilor Considered 'Too Hot,' Denied Seat
Nina Siahkali Moradi may have upset Islamic conservatives
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2013 2:52 PM CDT
Nina Siahkali Moradi.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Is Nina Siahkali Moradi too sexy for Iranian politics? The 27-year-old candidate won a city council seat in the city of Qazvin, but has been mysteriously disqualified at the last minute, the Independent reports. A senior Qazvin official said that "we don't want a catwalk model on the council," but a human rights group argues that Moradi was disqualified due to "non-observance of Islamic codes," and notes that her pro-youth campaign posters may have aroused complaints from conservative rivals.

A city review board member says that her 10,000 votes were nullified because "the review board did not approve her credentials," yet Moradi says the board never spoke to her. A legal expert in Qazvin calls it a "pretext," arguing that it's illegal for the review board to disqualify her after the election. The debate comes as new Iranian President Hassan Rowhani promises to improve women's rights in the country. "Women work but don’t enjoy equal rights," he said in a televised debate. "I will form a women’s affairs ministry to return their trampled rights to them. "

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Aug 15, 2013 9:36 AM CDT
Meh. Anybody remember the dental hygienist fired because her boss had a boner? In america, a woman can also lose her job, even if she's good at it, because men find her pretty, and it's LEGAL. Gallop around on that high-horse all you want, but we Americans are no better and no more free or respectful of women than Iran is, that's all I'm sayin.
Aug 15, 2013 7:37 AM CDT
I'd like to occupy her seat. And you can call me................Mr Joshua
Aug 15, 2013 6:16 AM CDT
Iranian men look at a woman sexually who is not their wife? Off with their heads!!