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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