Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday appointed four clerics to Iran's powerful Guardians Council, a body dominated by ultra-conservatives that interprets the constitution and supervises presidential and parliamentary elections.
The council is a 12-member body, headed by hardliner Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, and is also tasked with ensuring laws approved by parliament are in line with the constitution and sharia, or Islamic law.
It is made up of six clerics appointed by Khamenei and six jurists who are proposed by the judicial chief (who himself is appointed by Khamenei) and voted in by Majlis, whose members have already been vetted by the council.
Among the clerics appointed to a six-year term by Khamenei are ex-judiciary chiefs Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi and Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, who were already council members, and a newcomer, the 60-year old cleric Hojatol-Eslam Shabparast.
For the June 14 presidential election, the council approved eight candidates out of nearly 700 candidates.
File photo: Guardian Council President Ayatollah Jannati (oananews)