Iran selects new head of body in charge of ‘Supreme Leader’ position

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi’s selection comes in light of reports that Ayatollah Khameini was hospitalized in critical condition

Iran has selected a new figure to head its national Assembly of Experts, a body that governs the tenure of the Supreme leader, state news agency FARS reported on Tuesday.

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, a cleric who had served as the head of Iran’s Judiciary branch between 1989 and 1999, was among other candidates considered for the position, both of whom are senior clerics in the Islamic Republic’s regime and hold the title of Ayatollah.

Yazdi’s selection to this new position comes in light of reports that the current Supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who suffers from stage four prostate cancer, was hospitalized last week after his health began deteriorating rapidly…

More: Iranian Clerics Pick Hard-Liner as New Head of Clerical Body: Iran’s most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation’s supreme leader has elected a hard-line ayatollah as its new chairman, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

IRNA said Mohammad Yazdi, the deputy chairman of the 86-member Assembly of Experts, got 47 votes in his favor from among 73 clerics who attended the session. The only other contender was Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who got 24 votes…

Another report calls him an “ultra-conservative.”