Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Iran's Assembly of Experts

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has an article on the Assembly of Experts, the secretive body of clerics who supposedly supervise Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who is much more important than the noisy and provocative President Ahmadinejad (seen above schmoozing with the Experts). The most important thing I got from this article is that although Iran has a formal constitution and elections that aren't entirely fixed, it's awfully hard to tell who has what specific power. Of course through the 20th century and into this one, numerous countries have been in this situation at one time or another.

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