SL reappoints 3 Guardian Council religious jurists, names a new face

TEHRAN, July. 17 (MNA) – In a decree issued on Tuesday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei reappointed three religious jurists as members of the Guardian Council.

The Leader also appointed a new religious jurist to the council. 

The three jurists who were reappointed are Ayatollah Mohammad Mo’men, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, and Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. The new member of the council is Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Shabzendedar.

According to the Iranian Constitution, the Guardian Council, a 12-member body consisting of six law experts and six religious jurists, is tasked with vetting candidates and supervising elections.  

Also, any bill passed by the Majlis must be reviewed and approved by the Guardian Council to become law. It can nullify a bill if it is deemed to not be in line with Islamic law or the Iranian Constitution.

Constitutionally, the six law experts are elected by the Majlis and the six religious jurists are appointed by the Supreme Leader.

The members take the job for a six-year term.

Also the parliament elected three people to the Guardian Council on Sunday.

Mohsen Esmaeili, Sam Savadkouhi, and Nejatollah Ebrahimian were the three legal experts elected to the Guardian Council on Saturday. Two other legal experts were rejected. All of them were introduced by the Judiciary. 

Abbas Kadkhodaei, who had served on the Guardian Council for two consecutive terms, failed to win the necessary number of votes.

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