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Yazdi elected new chief of Iran's Experts Assembly.

TEHRAN, March 10 (KUNA) -- Iran's Assembly of Experts elected Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Yazdi as the Assembly's new chief, succeeding Mahdavi Kanni, who passed away last year, official media reported Tuesday. Yazdi, a member of the Assembly, received 47 out of 73 votes during an election session, against one of his most notable rivals; former President Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, according to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). He is a cleric who served as the head of the Judiciary between 1989 and 1999, and also a member of the Guardian Council. He has served also as the interim Friday prayer leader of Tehran. The high-ranking body of the Assembly of Experts elects and oversees the activities of the leader of the Islamic Revolution. The 86 members of the Assembly are directly elected to office by people for an eight-year term. It holds biannual meetings to appoint a new chairman. (end)

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Publication:Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:Mar 10, 2015
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