Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rule of law not a settled thing in Iran

However, the supreme leader's word is final (and maybe he doesn't want to be seen as solely responsible).

Iran’s Supreme Leader Orders Lawmakers to Vote on Nuclear Deal
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered Parliament to vote on an agreement to curb the country’s nuclear program…

Although Parliament is expected to approve the agreement, the announcement nonetheless represents a blow for President Hassan Rouhani and his team of nuclear negotiators. They had long insisted that such a vote was not constitutionally required because the agreement between Iran and the world powers was not an international treaty.

Mr. Rouhani and the negotiating team have argued that Iran’s Supreme National Security Council should review the agreement…

Ayatollah Khamenei told an audience of Shiite Muslim clerics that Parliament “should not be bypassed”…

He is widely seen as the architect behind the nuclear agreement, and analysts expect that lawmakers will support the deal, which has the public backing of Ali Larijani, the influential head of Parliament…

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