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Hassan Khomeini, 43, a grandson of Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, talks to journalists after he registered for February's election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the supreme leader, at Interior Ministry in Tehran December 18, 2015. REUTERS/TIMA
Hassan Khomeini, 43, a grandson of Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, talks to journalists after he registered for February’s election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the supreme leader, at Interior Ministry in Tehran December 18, 2015. REUTERS/TIMA

By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
A senior Iranian official has criticized the country’s vetting body, Guardian Council, for excluding Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, a grandson of late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, from taking part in the upcoming election for the Assembly of experts to be held on Feb.26.

“You [presumably the Guardian Council] have disqualified a person [Hassan Khomeini] who is the most similar person to Imam [Ruhollah ] Khomeini. Where have you yourself gotten your qualification from?” ILNA news agency quoted former Iranian president and the current chairman of the Expediency Council, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, as saying.

He further cautioned that increasing differences that exist in Iran will eventually harm the country’s interests.

Rafsanjani made the remarks at a ceremony marking the “Ten Days of Dawn” celebrating the 37th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution when the revolution leader Ayatollah Khomeini returned to the country after almost 15 years of exile.

Reportedly, Hassan Khomeini who teaches Islamic sciences at Qom Seminary School refused to attend a test held by the conservative-dominated Guardian Council that qualifies the applicants.

However, sources close to Hassan Khomeini who is backed by Iranian reformists said that he was not invited to take the test.

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani former Iranian president
Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani former Iranian president

The Assembly of Experts is comprised of 86 Islamic scholars (Mujtahids) who are elected by the public to eight-year terms. The Assembly of Experts is an influential body in charge of supervising the supreme leader and organizations under his direct control as well as electing a successor for him.

On Dec. 17, Iran started the nominee registration process for the upcoming election of the Assembly of Experts to be held in late February.

According to Iranian constitution those who wish to stand as candidates at the election of the assembly of Experts must be educated in Islam and capable of understanding Feqh (religious jurisprudence).

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