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Government, Velayat-e Faqih

Khomeini, religious authority, spiritual leader, consensus, council

The faqih generally oversees the operation of the government to ensure that its policies and actions conform to Islamic principles. The faqih is a spiritual leader whose religious authority is above that of the president and any other officials. However, in keeping with the practice established by Khomeini, the faqih is expected to refrain from involvement in the day-to-day affairs of governance. An 83-member Assembly of Experts, popularly elected every eight years, is responsible for choosing the faqih (or a council of three to five faqihs, if there is no consensus on a single faqih) from among the most politically and religiously qualified Shia clergy.



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Khomeini, religious authority, spiritual leader, consensus, council, officials, president, practice, operation, involvement, government, actions, policies, years

 
 

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