Rafsanjani, Misbah-Yazdi Compete to Chair Iran’s Assembly of Experts
Juan Cole writes in Informed Comment Global Affairs:
The USG Open Source Center translates an op-ed by Iraj Jamshidi on the rivalry to succeed Ayatollah Meshkini, who just died, as chair of the clerical Council of Experts. Mohammad Taqi Misbah-Yazdi is a far-right hardliner and mentor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Akbar Hashimi Rafsanjani was president 1989-1997 and is more of a pragmatist, though right of center. The Council of Experts will choose the next Supreme Cleric when Ali Khamenei dies or steps down. The Council is also consulted on declarations of war. So the chairmanship could be fateful for Iran’s future direction.