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Posted: 10/27/2004 7:22:35 AM EST
Would it be safe to say that the majority of power is in the hands of the Ayatollah? and that the President is more of a figurehead?

Thanks!
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:25:34 AM EST
and IRAN, IRAN so far away, and IRAN, IRAN all night and day. I COULD'NT GET AWAY.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:27:16 AM EST
Power is held by various religious clergy and the security forces.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:27:28 AM EST
Yep.

Switch religions to Christianity though, and a lot of people on this board would like to follow their example in our country.

Check out the last paragraph of this story:

www.washtimes.com/world/20041027-121030-7792r.htm
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:27:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By 1Walker:
and IRAN, IRAN so far away, and IRAN, IRAN all night and day. I COULD'NT GET AWAY.







I'm not entirely sure, Absolut, but I'd venture to guess that he' NOT a figurehead in any sense. Even if he isn't a dictator, he probably still has some pull.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:28:24 AM EST
I don't think the president is completely without power, but his power is certainly limited whenever the Ayatolla's choose.

For instance they have "elections" - but the religious leaders can pretty much disqualify anyone they don't like from running - which happened in the last election, where a huge number of the "reformists" were prohibited from running.



Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:28:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dolomite:
Switch religions to Christianity though, and a lot of people on this board would like to follow their example in our country.



Utter bullshit.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:32:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
I don't think the president is completely without power, but his power is certainly limited whenever the Ayatolla's choose.

For instance they have "elections" - but the religious leaders can pretty much disqualify anyone they don't like from running - which happened in the last election, where a huge number of the "reformists" were prohibited from running.



thanks DK, that was my understanding as well
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:06:35 PM EST
The ruling council of mullahs is allowed to overturn anything that any other part of the government does. The ruling council is not an elected body; it is appointed by existing members. Khameini is the head. Consider them to be sort of like the Supreme Court, but with fewer restraints and more activist judges.

In addition to their official powers, they also control the Basij militia, which are basically thugs armed with clubs who go around beating/killing anyone who makes too much noise.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 10:35:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By Dolomite:

Switch religions to Christianity though, and a lot of people on this board would like to follow their example in our country.



Christian bashers....they're so cute when they're angry.
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