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Iran Announces Election Results for Assembly of Experts

The Interior Ministry on Monday released the final results of the Assembly of Experts elections with Chairman of the Expediency Council and former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, at the helm.

The results of the Assembly of Experts vote, which is composed of mostly elder and senior clerics, in Tehran province released by the Interior Ministry show that Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers leader Mohammad Aqa Emami Kashani and President Hassan Rouhani also stand in the second and third places.

Current members of the Assembly, Mohsen Qomi and Mohammad Ali Movahhedi Kermani stand in the fourth to fifth places.

They are followed closely by other Assembly members Qorbanali Dorri Najafabadi, Abolfazl Mirmohammadi, Mohammad Mohammadi Nik, Ebrahim Haj Amini Najafabadi, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, Nasrollah Shahabadi, Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, Mohsen Esmaeili, Mohammad Hassan Zali, and Guardians Council Secretary Ahmad Jannati.

Over 35,000,000 eligible voters participated in the twin elections.

According to the interior ministry, a sum of 6,229 candidates were cleared to compete for the 290-seat legislature but 729 of them withdrew from candidacy. More than 5,500 carried out the final registration to run in the race. Candidates from all the three major camps, the Principlists, Moderates and Reformists were present in the race.

On Friday, voters went to the polls to elect 88 jurisprudential experts out of more than 800 prospective candidates for the 5th Assembly of Experts.

The winning candidates of the Assembly of Experts’ next term, lasting until 2024, possibly might have to choose the next Supreme Leader of Iran, or at the very least plan for it.

Turnout for the twinned elections is thought to have stood at between 60 and 70 percent.

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