Obstacles to Democracy

What do we know about Iran’s Guardian Council and its role in legislation and elections?

April 6, 2020
Mohammad Yazdi

Mohammad Yazdi, Jurist

Few clerics have been as vocal in their attacks on powerful figures as Mohammad Yazdi (محمد یزدی) and remained safe. Yazdi has managed to go after a number of prominent clerics without ever being held accountable for his comments. He has always enjoyed the support of the Supreme Leader
March 23, 2020

Sadegh Amoli Larijani, Jurist

Sadegh Amoli Larijani (صادق آملی لاریجانی) is just one of five brothers with powerful positions in the Islamic Republic of Iran. For several years, the Larijani brothers were particular favorites of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini, who was ready to appoint them to any empty post.
March 23, 2020

Said Mohammad Reza Modarresi Yazdi, Jurist

Said Mohammad Reza Modarresi Yazdi inherited the mantle of revolution from his father, a reknowned cleric and ally to Ayatollah Khomeini
March 23, 2020

Seyyed Fazlollah Mousavi, Lawyer

Seyyed Fazlollah Mousavi is a Principlist with ties to the Ahmadinejad administration
March 16, 2020

Mohammad Hasan Sadedghi Moghaddam, Lawyer

Mohammad Hasan Sadedghi Moghaddam's path to the Guardian Council began when he was part of a select group chosen by Ayatollah Beheshti.
March 16, 2020

Mohammad Dehghani, Lawyer

Principlist Mohammad Deghani is an outspoken opponent of all things reform.
March 16, 2020

Mehdi Shabzendedar Jahromi: Jurist

Like his father before him, Mehdi Shabzedehdar dedicated his life to becoming an Islamic jurist. Both sides of Shabzendehdar’s family are made up of clerics and revolutionary activists with close ties to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
March 16, 2020

Hadi Tahan Nazif: Lawyer

The youngest member of the Guardian Council, Hadi Tahan Nazif was groomed for the Guardian Council since his university days.
March 16, 2020

Siamak Rahpeyk, Lawyer

Siamak Rahpeyk: lawyer with a background in strategic studies and the intelligence