Iran's Guardian Council has once again elected hardliner Ahmad Jannati, 93, as its chairman on Wednesday, July 17. He has held the post since 1992.
The Guardian Council is Iran’s highest supervisory body that makes sure any legislation by the Majlis (Iran's parliament) is compatible with Shariah (Islamic law), according to the Shiite clerics' interpretation, and examines the qualifications of candidates for the Majlis, presidency and the Assembly of Experts.
Jannati is one of the closest aides of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Also on Wednesday, Guardian Council members re-instated Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei as the body's spokesperson.
Earlier, Khamenei had re-instated two other hardliners, Sadeq Amoli Larijani and Mohammad Yazdi, as Guardian Council jurisconsults.