Iran’s most powerful hardline clerics to reunite in Assembly of Experts election

Al-Monitor | : Another race will be held concurrently with Iran’s parliamentary vote: The Assembly of Experts’ midterm election.

The Assembly of Experts is an 88-member clerical body in Iran tasked with choosing and monitoring the next supreme leader. Candidates must have a certificate of Sharia expertise or pass an exam from the Guardian Council on Islamic jurisprudence to run. Meanwhile, many believe that the hard-liner-dominated council rejected many of candidates for their affiliation with the Reformism current.

The assembly’s election is held every eight years, but a midterm is held every four years to replace those who have passed away or resigned. Most of the assembly’s members are over 70.

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