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Speaker Congratulates Mahdavi Kani on Election

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 8 (ICANA) – Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani Tuesday congratulated Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani on his appointment as the new chairman of the Assembly of Experts.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 8:34:25 PM
Speaker Congratulates Mahdavi Kani on Election

Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani was appointed after 63 members of the body voted in favor of him on Tuesday morning.

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani chaired the assembly for more than three years.

Larijani in his message of congratulation to Ayatollah Kani described him as a “prominent and influential personality with brilliant records in the Islamic Revolution and system.”

He also hailed Rafsanjani as an “honest and faithful ally” of the founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Assembly of Experts consists of 86 clerics elected by the public to eight-year terms.

The body is tasked with electing a new leader in the event of the passing of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

The Assembly was headed by the veteran revolutionary figure and two-term former president Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani declined to stand as candidate for the position and supported Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani's candidacy.

Iran's Assembly of Experts is responsible to supervise the performance of the Leader. The 86-man body can elect or dismiss the Leader.

Rafsanjani said he would not accept candidacy for the position if Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani would be willing to run for the position and that he would throw his weight behind Kani's nomination.

Addressing the assembly prior to the Tuesday morning voting, Rafsanjani cited “division or discord among the body members as detrimental.”

“More than 80 just and qualified Mujtahids (an expert in religious law) are members of the Assembly of Experts who are valuable capital for our country and establishment and creating division or display of discord in this body is very harmful,” Rafsanjani said Tuesday.

“I declare now that if Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani is ready to take up the post, I definitely would not stand for the post so that this holy institution won't suffer harm,” Rafsanjani added.

Commenting on the latest developments in the region, Rafsanjani said the world of Islam is going through a very new situation which is indicative of Muslims' awareness and prudence in their encounters with difficulties and responsibilities.

“Many people are sick of their rulers' dependence on foreigners and hegemonic powers' control over their countries, and many others are discontent with the corruption which is dominating their governments,” he continued.

Rafsanjani described the recent movements in some regional states as irretrievable and added that the awakening movements and the awareness of the people in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and Libya have made the situation irreversible.

In some states rulers that find their positions in jeopardy, brutally massacre their people and even bombard them, he concluded.

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