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Iran’s most powerful hard-line clerics to reunite in Assembly of Experts election

As Iranians decide who to support in the upcoming parliamentary election, another race will be held concurrently: the midterm election for the Assembly of Experts, which chooses and oversees the supreme leader.
Members of Iran's influential experts assembly attend a session in Tehran on March 12, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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