The Iran Project

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

The 16th Summit of Assembly of Experts kicked off in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on September 2, 2014.

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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