The media, primarily the Western mainstream outlets, have been carried away with their characterization of Iran’s elections. Vital, crucial, the most significant, dynamic, critical, and decisive are some example of words being used to characterize Iran’s elections for the parliament (Majlis) and the Assembly of Experts.
The Assembly of Experts
In the last 35 years, Iran’s parliament have always been looking for the supreme leader’s approval or disapproval in order to pass or reject significant bills.Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
When Khamenei came to power, he sidelined the powerful clerics who had a high level of religious authority. The Guardian Council, Khamenei’s political tool, allows low level hard line clergy who have shown their loyalty to Khamenei, and the senior cadre of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps to run for the Assembly of Experts. The 86 members, which owe their position and salary to Khamenei, have never questioned him.