Clerics Plummet in Parliament
Interview with Yasmin Alem
- The number of clerics in Iran’s parliament has gradually decreased since the 1979 revolution. What factors explain the diminished numbers?
- Does the trend in parliament reflect clerical influence in other spheres of power?
- What role do clerics play in parliament today? What are the political affiliations of clerical members of parliament today? And have they changed since the revolution’s early years?
- What are the prospects for clerical politicians in the 2012 parliamentary elections?
- With the erosion of clerical and religious legitimacy, in the aftermath of the June 2009 election, we might observe s slight decline in the number of clerics in the ninth Majles.
- To ensure the support of clerics in curbing the political clout of President Ahmadinejad and his ilk, the supreme leader might encourage and endorse increased participation of clerics in the electoral process. This might result in a slight boost in the number of seated members with a clerical background.
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