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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A sign of change in Iranian politics?

What is the significance of this position in the Iranian regime? in its politics? Is it a threat to the power of the president? What is the role of Rafsanjani's position? Is that a counter balance to the head of the Assembly of Experts? Is there any sign of democracy in all this?

Iran hardliner Yazdi picked to head Assembly of Experts
A hardliner has been elected chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts, a clerical body which chooses and monitors the country's supreme leader.

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi defeated moderate former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, winning 47 out of 73 votes…

He will head the assembly until next February, when direct elections for all 86 of its members will coincide with national parliamentary polls…

The responsibilities of the Assembly of Experts are to appoint the supreme leader, monitor his performance and remove him if he is deemed incapable of fulfilling his duties…

The election of Ayatollah Yazdi is undoubtedly a blow for former President Rafsanjani and for the more moderate faction of Iran's ruling elite…

It comes at a sensitive time, not just as talks over a deal on Iran's nuclear programme reach a critical stage, but also as speculation is rife over the health of the supreme leader himself. Publicly discussing his successor is taboo in Iran, but the jockeying for power is clearly underway…

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