Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A leader dies. Does it matter?

Head of Iran’s chief clerical body dead at 83
Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, the head of Iran’s most influential clerical body… has died. He was 83.

Kani was the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 senior clerics that monitors the supreme leader and picks a successor after his death, making it one of the most powerful institutions in Iran, though it doesn’t involve itself in daily affairs of state…

Kani, a former acting prime minister and interior minister in the 80s, had been in a coma since June. He was considered a moderate conservative.

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