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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Showra

[Date:] 25 Ordibehesht 1334 [16 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 55


By Our Parliament Correspondent:

The meeting of the former members of parliament for the minorities will take place tomorrow night. In this meeting, decisions regarding the mode of tackling the new minority will be taken. Soon, tackling the new minority by the majority enters the more serious stages. It is possible that one of the supporters of the previous government will join the new minority.

The parliamentary assemblies state:

“It is foreseeable that the Senate will also hold a special private session to find out about the decision of the government regarding the Baha’i sect, because the National Constitutional Assembly requested the government during last week’s private meeting to inform the members of parliament of the current news and decisions taken by the government regarding the Baha’i sect. This request was also met, and the government, at the end of its session, promised to take a decisive decision in this regard.

The parliamentary assemblies foresee that with the scrutiny, care and control that the Senate and the senators exercise over all the country’s national and current affairs—and they are eager to get the correct information regarding the affairs in the country—it is possible that in the planned morning open session of the Senate, a number of senators will request that a special session be held, to get the information on the question of the Baha’i sect and what advisory opinion the government has, and what action will it take in this regard, and will also invite the government to take part in this meeting in order to provide a report to the Senate.

It is anticipated:

As we have mentioned above, we can definitely say that the Senate will have a private session today, but considering what happened at the National Consultative Assembly, and the way the Senate has full oversight of the national affairs and all the current issues within the country, some parliamentary assemblies anticipate holding such a meeting and believe that the Senate, due to its interest in all national affairs, will possibly, in order to receive current affairs information, attempt to hold a private session.