TEHRAN – According to the plans the House of Parties will be reopened before the end of the current Iranian calendar year, a former member of the central council of the House of Parties says.
The current Iranian year will end on March 20, 2014.
Ali Akbar Mortazavi Kiasari made the announcement in an interview with the IRNA news agency on Wednesday.
Recently Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli held a meeting with party leaders in which it was agreed to reopen the House of Parties.
“In that meeting the interior minister announced that the House of Parties should be formed without the interference of the Interior Ministry,” Kiasari said.
However, the ministry will provide what he described as “hardware and software facilities” for party sessions.
The House of Parties was founded in 2001. The idea to establish the House of Parties as a guild for parties was developed in meetings organized by the Ministry of Interior, in which leaders of the political parties were invited to discuss political issues of the country.
The goals of the House of Parties include: guaranteeing and institutionalizing political activities; creating the spirit of cooperation; strengthening the financial abilities of parties; defending the legal rights of parties; and expanding party activities to international communities and exchanging experiences with other countries.
To achieve these goals, the tasks of the house included establishing research centers to conduct research relevant to political parties; holding conferences, meeting, etc. related to political parties; holding meetings between different parties for mutual understanding; giving suggestions about bills related to political parties; and arbitration between political parties upon their request.
It has five organizational subdivisions: the general assembly, the central committee, presiding council, inspectors, and committees. All political parties have one representative in the general assembly. The assembly chooses the central committee, passes ratifications of the central assembly, determines general policies of the house, and makes decisions about nullification.
The central committee has 15 members. The committee drafts general policies of the house, manages the annual budget, holds the meetings of the general assembly, and determines the representatives of the house in other organizations and meetings.
The presiding council supervises the committees, drafts agendas, and manages the meetings of the central committee. The five committees are public relations, legal-judical committee, arbitration committee, financial and logistical committee, international relations committee, and the committee of election supervision. Inspectors also comment on the reports of the central committee, report periodical inspections to the central committee, and report violations of the central committee to the general assembly.
The House of the Parties played several important roles in its beginning years. First of all, it brought together parties from different poles of the political spectrum in under one roof. It also had a representative on the Table of Parties in the main election headquarters of the Ministry of Interior at each election to supervise the election. The House of Party also made a big push to initiate the government subsidy for political parties.
However, in 2005 when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president the government policy toward the House of the Parties completely changed. Ahmadinejad and his team explicitly rejected the importance of parties.
They cut the subsidies for political parties. Finally, Ministry of Interior on several occasions proclaimed the House of Parties illegal. They mentioned some very particular problems with the internal process of the house and its executive bylaw as reasons for the illegality.
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