Friday, December 15, 2006
Why the Iranian vote for the Assembly of Experts is a farce
The Assembly of Experts is considered the most powerful clerical body in Iran primarily because it elects and dismisses the Supreme Leader who is the true power over all branches of government in Iran. The president is just a facade to give the people a fake belief that they have some say in the government. What the news fails to mention is that the eligibility of candidates who can run for the Assembly of Experts is determined by the Council of Guardians whose members in turn are chosen by the Supreme Leader and the head of the judiciary who in turn is chosen by the Supreme Leader. Everything is controlled by the Supreme Leader, and there is nobody who is allowed into these powerful positions who the Supreme Leader doesn't want. Iran has nothing close to a democracy. It is an authoritarian theocracy pure and although not so simple.