Iran’s Ayatollah Kani dies aged 83

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Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, the head of Iran’s most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the country’s supreme leader, has died at the age of 83.

Ayatollah Kani was the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 senior clerics which monitors the supreme leader and picks a successor after his death, making it one of the most powerful institutions in Iran, though it does not involve itself in daily affairs of state.

He had held the post since March 2011, after his predecessor, Iran’s influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was forced out following a dispute with several hard-line clerics.

Ayatollah Kani, a former acting prime minister and interior minister in the 1980s, had been in a coma since June. He was considered a moderate conservative.

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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