council has been headed by Ayaollah Akbar Hashemi Rasanjani. On March 14,2012, Supreme Leader Khamanei announced Rasanjani’s reappoinmen.
The head of the judiciary
is asked wih ensuring ha Islamic law is enorcedhroughou he judiciary sysem. He is appoined by he supreme leader or ave-year erm and in urn appoins he chie jusice o he Supreme Cour and hechie prosecuor. Te curren head is Sadeq Larijani, he younger broher o MajlisSpeaker Ali Larijani.
is eleced or a our-year erm and is limied o wo erms. Toughhe oce has a high public prole, is power is severely consrained by he consi-uion, and he presiden’s auhoriy exends mainly o domesic and economicaairs. Te curren presiden, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was able o injec himsel ino oreign policy only when he had he backing o he supreme leader. Now haKhamenei has wihdrawn his suppor, Ahmadinejad has ound himsel increas-ingly isolaed. In Ocober 2011 Khamenei proposed possibly abolishing he oceo he presiden, bu i’s unclear wheher he will pursue his.
The Cabinet of Ministers
is made up o 24 minisers, chosen by he presiden andconrmed by Iran’s Parliamen, he Majlis. Te supreme leader has he abiliy ochoose or dismiss cabine minisers as he sees .
oversee various aspecs o he presiden’s agenda. Te consiu-ion empowers he presiden o Iran o appoin as many or as ew vice presidensas he requires. Currenly here are 12 vice presidens serving under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
, was rs creaed as a resul o Iran’s consiuional revolu-ion in 1906, wih boh an upper and lower house. Afer he 1979 Iranian revoluion,he lower house was abolished. Te parliamen is currenly made up o 290 repre-senaives, eleced every our years. Boh Majlis candidaes and he legislaion heMajlis produces are subjec o he approval o he Guardian Council. Te currenMajlis speaker is Ali Larijani. For he 2012 Majlis elecions, he council rejeced hecandidacy o 45 percen o some 5,200 applicans. Reasons or rejecion includedallegaions o “no believing in Islam,” “no being a praciioner o Islam,” “no beingloyal o he Consiuion,” and “no being loyal o he
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