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Iranian President Raisi opens up to the possibility of amending some articles of the Constitution

In the morning, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri also announced the abolition of the morality police after 80 days of protests

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The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, admitted the possibility of amending some articles of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran adopted in 1979. This was stated by Raisi himself during a televised speech on the occasion of the Iranian Constitution Day. “The Iranian constitution is designed in such a way that it provides a way out in the event of a stalemate,” Raisi said. "Therefore, it is possible to use flexible methods in the implementation of its provisions," continued the president.

Raisi's statement comes at a time of high tensions in Iran, after more than two months of protests sparked by the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish Mahsa Amini, who died on September 16 following her arrest by the Iranian morality police for not wearing the veil correctly. In this context, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri announced that Iran has abolished the moral police. "The moral police has nothing to do with the judiciary and has been abolished," said the attorney general in statements released by the "Isna" news agency.

The protests have been going on for 80 days now. So far 470 people have been killed, of whom 64 are allegedly minors. Among the security forces, however, the victims are 61. According to various human rights organizations, 18.210 demonstrators were arrested, 584 of them students. Yesterday, for the first time since the protests erupted, the Iranian authorities announced the deaths of more than 200 people. The Iranian judiciary has sentenced at least six protesters to death and thousands have been indicted for their role in the riots. On November 24, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, had called on Iran to put an end to "the unnecessary and disproportionate use of force" against demonstrators.

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