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Khamenei Reinstates Conservative Clerics As Guardian Council Members

Iran--Mohammadi Yazdi ,Sadegh Larijani and Alireza Arafi, three members of the Guardian Council

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reinstated two top clerics, Sadeq Larijani and Mohammad Yazdi, as the jurisconsult members of the Guardian Council.

The conservative-dominated body ensures Iranian legislation’s compatibility with the religious, or Shari’a, law and endorses candidates for presidential, Assembly of Experts, and parliamentary elections.

Khamenei had previously appointed Alireza E’rafi as a Guardian Council member to replace the late Ayatollah Momen.

Meanwhile, Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raesi on July 18 introduced Mohammad Dehghan, Ali Gholami, Hadi Tahan Nazif, Mohammmad Hassan Sadeqi Moghaddam, and Abdolhamid Mortazavi as nominees for Guardian Council lawyers.

The Iranian Parliament will elect three of the five nominees to serve on the Guardian Council for terms of six years.

The Guardian Council has six jurisconsults and six lawyers as its members.