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Iranian woman deemed too beautiful to take up council seat
August 20, 2013, 12:05 pm
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An Iranian woman who was elected to a city council in Iran has been barred from office after she was deemed too attractive by the country's religious conservatives, it was reported.

Nina Siahkali Moradi received over 100,000 votes in city council elections in Qazvin, an Iranian city northwest of the capital Tehran.

While she finished 14th out of 163 candidates up for election, she was deemed too good-looking to take up her seat, The Times newspaper reported.

“We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” one senior Qazvin official was quoted as saying.

It is believed Moradi’s disqualification was due to the picture of her used in her campaign posters.

"Those who opposed Moradi's candidacy say that she was only elected because of her beauty and youth. The review board, comprised of elder conservatives, had objected to her election posters and materials,” the Iran Wire news website claimed.

“Almost 10,000 people voted for me and based on that I should be the first alternate member of the City Council,” 27-year-old Moradi, who is studying architecture at Qazvin’s Azad University, told Iranian media

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