Members of the Assembly who elected Ayatollah Kani are religious scholars that are directly elected to office in a national poll. It holds meetings twice a year to review major national issues and every other year to appoint a new chairman.
This article was first published by Al-Manar on 8 March 2011; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes. Cf. William O. Beeman, “Elections and Governmental Structure in Iran: Reform Lurks Under the Flaws” (Brown Journal of World Affairs 11.1, Fall 2004).