Iran elects bomb-throwing ultra-conservative to head Assembly of Experts

The man who once said, “If someone tells you he has a new interpretation of Islam, sock him in the mouth” is now one of the most powerful men in Iran.

Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, an ultra-conservative hard-liner, has been elected chairman of the powerful clerical body the Assembly of Experts. The assembly elects – or removes – the supreme leader and guides him in his decisions on whether a law meets sharia requirements.