Glossary: Majlis

DEFINITION:
the term is used in two senses: the legislative body of imperial Iran, which included both a senate--composed of members appointed by the shah and elected members--and an elected lower house of representatives; and, the lower house alone. The Senate provided for in the constitution did not come into existence until 1950; the Senate was dissolved under Mossadeq but was revived later. Khomeinis revolutionary Constitution of 1979 eliminated the Senate, leaving only the lower house, or Majlis, in existence.

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