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Sadeq Larijani To Replace Shahroudi As Iran's Judiciary Chief: Sources

Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi

TEHRAN, July 1 (Mehr News Agency) - After serving almost ten years as the Judiciary chief, many say Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi will soon be replaced by Guardian Council member Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, the Mehr News Agency has learned.

Informed sources have said the Supreme Leader sees Sadeq Larijani as the best choice to run the Judiciary after Shahroudi's term ends. Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mohammad Jahromi has also told the MNA that Larijani is the main option for the post.

Ayatollah Shahroudi took over as the Judiciary chief in 1999, when he replaced Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi.

Most legal experts and jurists say the judicial system underwent many positive changes during Ayatollah Shahroudi's ten-year management.

However, Hashemi Shahroudi is also viewed as an option for serving in the Guardian Council, a 12-man supervisory body comprised of six clerics appointed by the Supreme Leader and six jurists that must ensure all laws agree with Islamic Sharia law and the constitution.

There are also speculations that GC spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaii would quit the Guardian Council to take up a post in the Judiciary.

The speculations intensified as a reporter asked him in a press conference on Monday that as a citizen he had not been convinced about the confirmation of the presidential election in which he responded, "God willing four years later the new spokesman of the Guardian Council will convince you."

Some months ago reports surfaced that Kadkhodaii would take over as an advisor to Ali Larijani, the Majlis speaker. However, in his press conference on Monday Kadkhodaii said that he will only cooperate with the legislative body as a consultant to Larijani.

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