The story: Moderate former president Hassan Rouhani (2013-21) has registered to defend his seat in the elections for Iran’s Assembly of Experts next year. The 88-member clerical body is tasked with supervising the performance of the supreme leader—and appointing his successor. The elections for the council next year, held every eight years, are considered vital because the assembly may appoint the person to replace 84-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Hardliners have vehemently attacked Rouhani over his move, questioning whether he is qualified for a seat on the council. Meanwhile, reformist media have charged that the upper echelons of power are being further streamlined towards conservatism ahead of the polls.
The coverage: Rouhani signed up to run in the Assembly of Experts elections on Nov. 11. The vote will be held in March 2024, alongside parliamentary polls. Rouhani is currently serving his second term in...
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