1989 Iranian constitutional referendum Kayhan
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A constitutional referendum was held in
Iran on 28 July 1989, alongside presidential elections. Allegedly approved by 97.6% of voters, it was the first and so far only time the  Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been amended. It made several changes to articles 5, 107, 109, 111, and added article 176. It eliminated the need for the Supreme Leader ( rahbar) of the country to be a or chosen by popular acclaim, marja it eliminated the post of  prime minister, and it created a Supreme National Security Council.
Background [ edit ]
On 24 April 1989 while on his deathbed,
Ayatollah Khomeini appointed a 25-man "Council for the Revision of the Constitution" ( Persian: شورای بازنگری قانون اساسی, romanized: ). The council named Šurā-ye bāznegari-e qānun-e asāsi Ali Khamenei as Khomeini's successor as Supreme Leader of Iran and drew up several amendments to the original constitution. Since the senior mujtahid or Marja of Iran had given only lukewarm support to Khomeini's principle of rule by Islamic jurist, and Khamenei was not a marja, the original prerequisite that the rahbar (leader) be "a paramount faqih" (i.e. one of these marja) was dropped from the constitution.
Some changes to the constitution introduced by the Reform Council include:
changing the name of the Majlis-e Melli to the
Majlis-e Islami. increasing the size of the
Assembly of Experts to 86 members giving the Assembly of Experts the authority to convene at least once a year and to determine whether the Supreme Leader was ‘mentally and physically capable of carrying out his arduous duties.’
transforming the Expediency Council into a permanent body with members appointed by the Supreme Leader as well as representatives from the three branches of government, the armed forces, the intelligence service, and the Guardian Council.
The amendments were allegedly approved by Iranian voters and became law on 28 July 1989.
Members of the council [ edit ]
This is a
list of members of Constitutional Amendment Council of Iran, appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini, who reviewed and amended the Constitution of Iran in 1989:
Results [ edit ]
Source: Nohlen et al.
References [ edit ]
^ a b
Nohlen, Dieter; Grotz, Florian; Hartmann, Christof (2001). "Iran". Elections in Asia: A Data Handbook. Vol. I. Oxford University Press. p. 72. ISBN . 0-19-924958-X
^ Moin, Baqer,
Khomeini, (2001), p.293
History of Modern Iran, (2008), p.182
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