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Anti-Western Cleric Picked to Head Iran’s Council of Experts

A powerful anti-Western cleric was chosen Tuesday as the head of Iran’s recently elected Assembly of Experts. Ahmad Jannati, 90, is an outspoken critic of President Hassan Rouhani and his attempts to end Iran’s global isolation by normalizing ties with the West. His election could represent a setback for the hoped-for integration of Iran into the world community. Jannati, a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, was chosen by Iran’s freshly elected 88-member Assembly of...

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