Iranian reformist MP Abolfazl Shakouri complains about the rejection of his candidacy by the Guardian Council in parliament in Tehran 13 January 2004. Iran's reformists raised the stakes in their bitter stand-off with powerful conservatives, with some top cabinet officials threatening resignation unless their rivals backed down on a move to bar reformers from next month's elections. AFP PHOTO/Behrouz MEHRI COPYRIGHT SCANPIX SWEDEN Code: 444