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Supreme Leader of Iran

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Supreme Leader of the
Islamic Republic of Iran
Official standard
Ali Khamenei

since 4 June 1989
Office of the Supreme Leader
StyleHis Eminence
His Excellency (international correspondence)
StatusHead of State
Reports toAssembly of Experts
ResidenceHouse of Leadership
AppointerAssembly of Experts
Term lengthLife tenure[1]
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Iran
Formation3 December 1979
First holderRuhollah Khomeini

The Supreme Leader of Iran is the head of state of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Supreme Leader is also the highest ranking Islamic cleric in the country.

The position of Supreme Leader was created after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran.

The Supreme Leader is more powerful than the President of Iran and chooses the heads of many powerful posts in the military, the government, and the judiciary.

Ayatollah Khomeini (died 1989) and Imam Khamenei have become Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic so far.


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  1. "Iran's possible next Supreme Leader being examined: Rafsanjani". Reuters. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
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