Ultraconservative to head Iran's top clerical body, AsiaOne Asia News

March 10, 2015 6:54 PM

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TEHRAN - Iran's Assembly of Experts, the clerics who appoint and can dismiss the country's supreme leader, picked an ultraconservative as their new chairman in a surprise appointment on Tuesday.

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, 83, was a deputy speaker of parliament after the 1979 Islamic revolution and headed the judiciary for a decade until 1999.

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