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Rafsanjani loses top Iranian clerical post

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Published on Mar 8, 2011

Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has lost his position as the head of powerful clerical body according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.




Rafsanjani had chaired the Assembly of Experts since 2007.




He did not seek re-election after a veteran conservative cleric applied for the post.




Rafsanjani has now been replaced by Ayatollah Mohammed Reza Mahdavi Kani.




Under Iran's constitution the assembly appoints and supervises the Supreme Leader and can even dismiss him.




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