Iran

Arbitration board established


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Supreme leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei has established an arbitration board to try and resolve the differences which exist between the three top hierarchy’s of the executive, judiciary and legislature according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) news agency.

The board has been set up in accordance with clause 7 article 110 of the constitution and will be headed by former Chief of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi. Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Hassan Abutorabi, Seyyed Morteza Nabavi, Abbas ali-Kadkhodaei and Seyyed Samad Mousavi will sit on the board for a five year term.

The move follows months of internal battles between the supreme leader, President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and the parliament.

Shahroudi is known to be a close ally of Khamenei and the move will remove the supreme leader from the direct battles into which he has found himself becoming embroiled in the lead up to elections next year.

Opposition groups are also suggesting that the move is designed to weaken ex President Hashemi Rafsanjani who heads a similar committee called the Expediency Council. Rafsanjani has been associated with his support for the opposition following the flawed 2009 presidential election.

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