Saturday, August 18

US: Supreme Leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is a Terrorist

The US Government has not done it yet, but it is expected to name Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist Organization. You have probably already heard this.

This however, would also make the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a Terrorist as well, as he is the leader of the Revolutionary Guards. Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is apparently not directly effected as he is not part of the chain of command of the organization. However, they will probably have to add him later for harboring the terrorist organization.
Role in the state - In contrast with most republics, the effective head of Iran's political establishment is not the president, but rather the Supreme Leader, who is a religious figure selected by an Assembly of Experts. Despite this, Iran's president fulfills many of the classical functions of a head of state, such as accepting the credentials of ambassadors. Since a change in the constitution removed the post of Prime Minister and merged most of the prime ministerial duties with the President's in 1989, the once figurehead Presidential post has become a position of significant government influence. In addition, as the highest directly elected official in Iran, the President is responsive and responsible to public opinion in a way that the Supreme Leader is not. Although he is responsible to both people and the Supreme Leader, he is independent in his decisions and developing the policies of the government.

The President nominates the members of government to the majlis (parliament). He can dismiss any of the government members. He passes bills to the parliament and if approved, the bills are not effective until signed by the president. Although according to the constitution the Supreme Leader is the commander-in-chief of armed forces, a president can serve as the commander upon approval of the Supreme Leader. For example, the first elected president of Iran was also commander of the military. The president appoints the secretary of national security council. He appoints the governors of the provinces and ambassadors of the Islamic Republic to other countries. Until recently, he had the power of appointing mayors of cities. However, the power was given to the cities local assemblies which are directly elected by the people and are directed by the parliament. - Wiki
The summary above mentions the ability for the Supreme Leader to pass on leadership to the President, but it is doubtful that he would do that. Doing that would not look good for the home crowd, would it.

So there you have it, the US is getting ready to declare the Supreme Leader of Iran a terrorist. It should have happened a long time ago.

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