Iranian lawmaker Nader Qazipour has been captured on film saying that women, like donkeys and monkeys, have no place in parliament. The video, which surfaced on YouTube last week, shows Qazipour giving a speech after being re-elected as a member of parliament for the city of Urmia. “Parliament is not the place for donkeys and foals, monkeys and women,” Qazipour shouts. His speech, which sparked outrage among reformists, came soon after the number of seats held by women in Iran’s parliament jumped from nine to 14.
Qazipour has since apologized for his remarks. “I was carried away by the jubilation of the election among my supporters, and said something in error,” he said. “I express my regret, and do hope the misunderstanding will be alleviated.”
Not everyone is convinced by his mea culpa. A feminist activist who identified herself as “Farzane” told the Los Angeles Times that Qazipour should be ousted by the Guardian Council, which accepts or rejects all potential candidates. “He represents the fanatical, traditionalist men in our society,” she said, “and should have been disqualified long ago by the Guardian Council.”
Read the full story at the Los Angeles Times.