Jannati reelected as secretary of Iran’s Guardian Council
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 18/ Trend N. Umid/
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati was reelected as secretary of Guardian Council, Mehr news agency reported.
Guardian Council's Mid-term internal election was held yesterday and board members of the council were elected.
Jannati has served as the secretary of the Guardian Council for 21 years.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei had appointed 4 Faqihs (clerics qualified to judge on the basis of Islamic law) as the members of the Guardian Council early this week.
The Iranian parliament had qualified three law expert members of the Council during a session on Sunday.
The Guardian Council of Constitution has 12 members, a half of them (clerics) are appointed directly by Supreme Leader and the remaining ones (law experts) are introduced by Judiciary System and are qualified by Parliament.
According to the Iranian Constitution, the Guardian Council is tasked with approving candidates for presidential, parliamentary and City Council races and supervising elections.
Any bill passed by the Majlis (parliament of Iran) must also be reviewed and approved by the Guardian Council to become a law. The Council can also nullify a law based in two cases: in case if its against Islamic laws or it is against the constitution.
Constitutionally, the six law experts are elected by the parliament and the six religious jurists are appointed by the Supreme Leader.