City and Village Councils of Iran

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City and Village Councils are local councils which are elected by public vote in all cities and villages throughout Iran. Council members in each city or village are elected by direct public vote to a 4-year term.

According to article 7 of the Iranian Constitution, these local councils together with the Majlis (Parliament) are "decision-making and administrative organs of the State".

The councils are in charge of electing mayors, supervising the activities of municipalities; study of social, cultural, educational, health, economic, and welfare requirements of their constituencies; the planning and coordination of national participation in the implementation of social, economic, constructive, cultural, educational and other welfare affairs.


City councils[edit]

City Seats
Tehran 21
Mashhad 15
Isfahan 13
Shiraz 13
Tabriz 13


Iranian Constitution Article 7:
Overview of Iranian Political System:
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Article in The Iranian: