Iran’s Rouhani says barred from running for body in charge of selecting top leader

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Iran’s former president Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that after 24 years of membership he has been barred from seeking re-election to the body that appoints the country’s supreme leader.

Rouhani’s official website said jurists in charge of vetting hopefuls “did not approve” his candidacy for a new term on the Assembly of Experts. It did not elaborate on the reason.

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The former president, who was first elected to the body in 1999, had announced in November that he was seeking a new term.

Rouhani served as Iran’s president from 2013 to 2021.

The 88-member Assembly of Experts is tasked with electing, supervising and, if necessary, dismissing the supreme leader, who has the final say in all matters of state in Iran.

The post has been held since 1989 by Ali Khamenei, now 84.

-With AFP

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