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Key Iranian Clerical Body Chooses New Hardline Chairman

The council of clerics in charge of selecting and supervising Iran's supreme leader chose Tuesday to make a hardline conservative its new chairman. The Assembly of Experts elected 83-year-old Mohammad Yazdi to a term that will last until early next year, when the entire assembly will be up for election along with another vote for chairman.  He succeeds Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who died in October. Yazdi won 47 votes in the 86-member assembly, beating out former...

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