Sign of the power?Political power is displayed in many ways in the Iranian regime. This is one.
Powerful Iranian Council Selects Hard-Liner as Chairman
An Iranian council that would have the authority to select a new supreme leader elected an 89-year-old hard-liner as its chairman…
The council, the Assembly of Experts, holds an increasingly important role in light of concerns about the health of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei…
The selection of Ayatollah Jannati, who won a majority of the 86 votes, suggested that seniority was a higher priority than the preference of voters. During parliamentary elections in February, Ayatollah Jannati managed to secure the last of 16 seats in the Tehran constituency, barely making the threshold.
It also signals new obstacles for a coalition of reformists and moderates who are seeking very modest changes in the Islamic republic, analysts say.
In addition to his new post, Ayatollah Jannati heads the influential Guardian Council, a vetting body that disqualified over 3,000 reformist candidates for the parliamentary elections…
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