Ayatollah Jannati re-elected as chairman of Experts Assembly

Iran’s Assembly of Experts on Tuesday re-elected Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati to head the body which is tasked with appointing the “Leader of the Islamic Revolution” and overseeing his work, a member of the body said.Talking to the Islamic Republic News Agency, Ali Asghar Dastgheib, a member of Assembly of Experts said Ayatollah Jannati was voted chairman of the 88-member assembly with 51 votes for two years.

Meanwhile, former Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi with 72 votes and another prominent cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani with 70 votes were elected as the first and second vice chairman respectively.

In 1989, the Assembly of Experts elected Ayatollah Khamenei to succeed the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.

The Assembly consists of eighty eight prominent religious figures who are elected by direc public vote for eight-year terms.

Ayatollah Jannati has been the chairman of the Assembly since 24 May 2016.


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