In Iran, Khamenei allies named to election board
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||2 May 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, In Iran, Khamenei allies named to election board, 2 May 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/519a6bbf39.html [accessed 17 October 2017]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
May 02, 2013
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
A majority of the seven trustees named to Iran's Central Election Board appear to be close to the camp of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
State media reported the appointments of the seven trustees who – along with Iran's interior minister, intelligence minister, state prosecutor, and a member of the parliament's leadership committee – comprise the Central Election Board.
The board is in charge of overseeing the June 14 presidential election.
That event is being closely watched following the tumultuous 2009 reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and the protests that followed it.
The Central Election Board was created under changes to the election law that diminished the role of the Interior Ministry in overseeing elections.
Khamenei has been engaged in a power struggle with Ahmadinejad for some time.
Based on reporting by Fars, Mehr, and RFE/RL's Radio Farda