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Senior Iran cleric dies

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 30 – One of Iran’s most senior clerics died on Monday, state media reported. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Jul. 30 – One of Iran’s most senior clerics died on Monday, state media reported.

Ayatollah Ali Meshkini, Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, died inside a hospital in Tehran, the official news agency IRNA said. He had been connected to an intensive care unit (ICU) artificial breathing apparatus.

He had been suffering from a blood disease that had badly damaged his body’s self-defence mechanism.

In February, Meshkini, 86, was re-appointed as head of the Assembly of Experts, a key constitutional supervisory body, amid speculation that he would forego the position to Iran’s former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Meshkini was also the Friday prayers leader in the holy city of Qom.

Rafsanjani along with another hard-line cleric Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi were appointed as the constitutional body’s vice-chairmen.

The 86-member Assembly of Experts is an exclusively clerical body entrusted with the task of selecting the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

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