The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oprpessed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a decree on Monday appointed former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a member of the state Expediency Council (EC).
“In view of the valuable efforts you have made in the great responsibility of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s president in the last eight years and the many experiences you have gained accordingly, I appoint you as a member of the state Expediency Council,” the Supreme Leader said in his decree.
“May God help you succeed,” The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oprpessed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei added.
Ahmadinejad served as Iran’s president for two consecutive 4-year terms from August 2005 to August 2013.
The EC has the authority to mediate disputes between the Iranian parliament and the Guardian Council, and serves as an advisory body to the Supreme Leader, making it one of the most powerful governing bodies in the country.
EC members include heads of the three branches of power, the clerical members of the Guardian Council and a variety of other members appointed by the Supreme Leader for three-year terms. Cabinet members and parliament speakers also serve as temporary members when issues under their jurisdictions are under review.