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03/20/2007, Iran - ".... Majlis and the government have not yet reached a consensus on the country's official clock...." from article
"Iran will not observe DST" by Press TV


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.... Majlis and the government have not yet reached a consensus on the country's official clock....


A senior Iranian lawmaker says that the country's official clock will not adjust for daylight saving time (DST) on the Iranian New Year.

Mohammad Reza Bahonar, Vice Chairman of Iran's parliament (Majlis), told Fars news agency that the "Majlis and the government have not yet reached a consensus on the country's official clock."

Iran's parliament decided last month that the country's official clock should be adjusted for DST on March 21, but the Ahmadinejad administration has opposed the idea.

Bahonar said that "a team of government representatives and members of the Majlis Research Center will hold meetings during the New Year holidays to make a final decision."

The Iranian New Year holidays officially end March 24.

Bahonar added that if talks over the holidays also fail, the parliament "will fulfill its legal obligation."

He was implying that the Majlis may simply move ahead independently and seriously consider a recent parliamentary report in favor of the DST change.

Bahonar's remarks come one week after Iran's Energy Minister, Seyyed Parviz Fattah, told reporters that the Ahmadinejad administration "does not intend to change the country's official clock" in the next Iranian calendar year, saying that the government's position on the issue is firm.

Iran observed daylight savings time for 15 years until March 2006, when the Ahmadinejad administration decided to temporarily stop the practice, saying the pause will allow experts to better study whether or not DST affects energy consumption as it was originally intended.

"Experts came to the conclusion that there is no need to change the official clock next year," Fattah said, referring to previous studies and adding that many countries with geographical conditions similar to Iran do not adjust their clocks for DST.

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