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Supreme Leader Hints at Eliminating Presidency

by MUHAMMAD SAHIMI in Los Angeles

17 Oct 2011 02:50Comments

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Iran Standard Time (IRST), GMT+3:30

2:50 a.m., 25 Mehr/October 17 As noted by Tehran Bureau, Majles deputy Hamid Reza Katouzian said two weeks ago that it may be necessary to eliminate the post of the president and have the Majles select a prime minister to lead the government. In a speech in Kermanshah in western Iran, Khamenei appeared to give the idea a green light. Referring to the elimination of the post of prime minister in the last months of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's life, Khamenei said, "Our political system is based on a presidency, and the president is elected by the direct vote of the people, which is a good and effective system. But if in the near or distant future -- I don't think it will be necessary soon -- it seems that a parliamentary system is better for selecting the officials of the executive branch, there will be no problem in changing the present system."

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