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Ultra-conservative election offensive

The ultra-conservative forces in Iran may conquer the last shot.


[Iran] Will the ultra-conservatives also gain control over the body that appoints Iran's top spiritual leader? On August 13, Iran's interior minister announced that elections for a new expert council will take place on December 15. The Council of Experts, elected every eight years, consists of 86 clergy who are mandated to appoint the country's top spiritual leader.

- This is considered an important choice in Iran. The big question is whether the ultra-conservative forces also manage to gain control of the Expert Council. Seen from the outside world, it will probably be an unfortunate choice for Iran, says Kari Vogt, religion researcher and Iran expert.

The ultra-conservative wing is led by Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi, who is considered to be President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's. . .

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