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On the Political Battlefield in Iran

July 26, 2011

It is no secret that politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran are anything but smooth and rosy.  The bombastic president loves to cut a wide swath whenever he can; however, he does not always speak for the nation.  Now, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is taking some action.

Iran’s top leader on Monday appointed a mediator to resolve an ongoing dispute between the country’s president and parliament that has also challenged his own authority.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named his ally and former judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi to head an arbitration body that will tackle controversies within the ruling system, the official IRNA news agency reported.

It is wise, when following news of Iran (or Ahmedinejad’s latest blather), to bear in mind how the power structure works in Iran.  Yes, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is the elected president.  There is also a parliament which creates legislation.  Above these two entities is the Supreme Leader, currently Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

However, apart from all of that, and second only to the Supreme Leader, is the Guardian Council of the Constitution.  The Guardian Council is responsible for interpreting laws passed by the parliament, or Majlis, to ensure that such laws are acceptable in light of Islam and the Qur’an.

Shahroudi will head a five-member panel of hard-liners known for their opposition to any reforms within the ruling system.

Expect any outcome to be in line with the strictest interpretations of Sh’ia Islam.

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  1. July 26, 2011 09:27

    “Shahroudi will head a five-member panel of hard-liners known for their opposition to any reforms within the ruling system.”

    Wow! Thank you for keeping us informed. Your blog is an excellent resource for anyone keeping an eye on world affairs.

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