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Iran’s Rouhani Seeks Checks on Election-Vetting Body: IRNA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani 

Source: Stringer/AFP

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani asked his top aides and lawmakers to draft a bill revising the election-related powers of the Guardian Council, one of the Islamic Republic’s most powerful institutions, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Rouhani instructed his first vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri, to work with his top legal advisers and parliamentarians to review the ability of the council -- a 12-member chamber of clerics and legal scholars -- to vet and disqualify potential candidates for elections, IRNA reported.