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The Iranian Assembly of Experts election of 2006 was held on December 15, 2006. People elected representatives for the Assembly of Experts, the mujtahid that elect the Supreme Leader.

The elections took place on the same day as the election for electing City and Village Councils



The Islamic Doctorate credentials of all candidates were approved by the Guardian Council using written and oral (interview) examinations. Some members of the Council were also candidates. Although there were a few women mujtahids applying for candidacy, they could not pass the examination. The number of candidates which passed the examination was so low that the council had to lower the passing mark several times. There were initially 144 candidates for the 86 available seats.[1][2] This was later increased, and according to Islamic Republic News Agency there were 181 qualified candidates.[3][2] However, the number of candidates on the day of election was 165, and for the first time there were two non-cleric doctor of Islam candidate, although they were not elected. [4][5][6][7]


The Ministry of Interior reported an estimated 60% turnout of the 46.5 million eligible voters,[8] reporting "more than 28 million people" as the number of voters who had voted.[9] Different parties had several candidates in common, but Baztab News reported that the candidate list announced by the Combatant Clergy Association has captured most of the seats (68 of 86 seats, while introducing 81 candidates). Reformists backed by Mahdi Karroubi and fundamentalist associates of Mesbah Yazdi failed to live up to their expectations.[10][4]

The results were:

Constituency Name Party Votes
Tehran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani 1,564,197
Ali Meshkini 839,834
Mohammad Yazdi 823,602
Mohammad Emami-Kashani 823,308
Mohsen Kazeroun (Kazerouni) 800,973,
Ahmad Jannati 787,908
Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi 726,498
Hassan Rohani 669,990
Mohsen Qomi 625,428
Seyyed Mohsen Aqa Mir Mohammad Ali (Kharrazi) 618,752
Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi 595,893
Mohammad Baqer Baqeri (Baqeri Kani) 536,928
Reza Ostadi-Moqaddam 520,674
Mohammad Mohammadi Davi-Saraei (Mohammadi Gilani) 520,626
Seyyed Mohammad Hassan Marashi (Shoushtari) 501,222
Abdolnabi Namazi 492,146
Qom Mohammad Momen n/k
(Tehran Source) (ISNA) (Qom)

The Assembly was convened on 19 February 2007 and Ali Meshkini was re-elected as chairman. The changes in the presiding board from the 3rd assembly was the replacement of Mohammad Yazdi with Ebrahim Amini, who has retired, as the 2nd deputy chairman; and election of Hassan Rohani as a provisionist.[11]


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