In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
With God’s guidance and benevolence, the new term of the Expediency Discernment Council is starting. This Council is one of the most important legal institutions in the Islamic Republic and is committed to performing two fundamental responsibilities. Their first responsibility is to discern what is in the best interest of the country when dealing with issues that confront the Parliament and the Guardian Council and which require a deep look while understanding the best interest and facts of the country. Their second responsibility is to play a special, effective role in determining the general policies of the system, which involves the most strategic decisions that are made for the administration of the country’s affairs. The need for this Council to present solutions for problems and to monitor the correct implementation of the general policies, which are referred to this Council, have increased the importance of this legal institution.
The presence of a number of experienced intellectuals with experience in executive positions in this Council along with the profuse experience they have from the previous terms of this Council improves the position of this institution and increases the expectations from it.
In the statement that was issued at the beginning of the previous period, expectations were spoken of that are necessary for me to repeat now since they were not carried out completely during the previous term. These expectations include: regulating the monitoring the implementation of policies and proposing mechanisms for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of policies.
Furthermore, proficiency in recognizing expediencies; rectifying announced policies and revising them where necessary; communicating with the country’s academic centers, universities, and elites; and the regular attendance of the respected members in the meetings of the Council are matters that must be emphasized.
Now, I would like to appreciate the respected members in the previous term and commend their efforts. While asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness for those who have passed away, I appoint the members of the ninth five-year term to be the following:
Chairman of the Council: Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Sadeq Amoli
Legal Entities: Respected Heads of the three branches of government, the respected Jurisconsults of the Guardian Council (when the expediency of matters is under discussion), the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, the Minister or Head of the agency to which the issue under discussion is related, the Head of the Commission that is related to the issue under discussion by the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Parliament).
Real Members: Hujjat al-Islam Haj Sheikh Saneyi, Mr. Ghurban Ali Dorri Najafabadi, Mr. Mahmoud Mohammadi Iraqi, Mr. Majid Ansari, Mr. Gholamreza Misbahi Moghadam, and Mr. Mohsen Araki.
Respected Gentlemen: Mr. Gholamreza Aghazadeh, Mr. Ali Agha-Mohammadi, Mr. Ali Akbar Ahmadian, Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mr. Mohammad Javad Irvani, Mr. Mohammad Reza Bahonar, Mr. Ahmad Tavakoli, Mr. Saeed Jalili, Mr. Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, Mr. Sayyid Kamal Kharazi, Mr. Davoud Danesh Jafari, Mr. Parviz Davoodi, Mr. Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr, Mr. Mohsen Rezaei, Mr. Sayyid Mohammad Sadr, Mr. Mohammad Hossein Safar Harandi, Mr. Mohammad Reza Aref, Mr. Mohammad Forouzandeh, Mr. Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, Mr. Ali Larijani, Mr. Hossein Mohammadi, Mr. Mohammad Mokhbar, Mr. Hossein Mozafar, Mr. Sayyid Mostafa Mirsalim, Mr. Sayyid Morteza Nabavi, Mr. Ali Akbar Velayati, Mr. Sadiq Vaezzadeh, and Mr. Ahmad Vahidi.
I ask the Almighty God for the success of all these respected gentlemen.
Sayyid Ali Khamenei
Sept. 20, 2022