| Chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi-Kani writes on a notbook during a two-day official meeting of the assembly in Tehran, Iran, March 5, 2013. Iran's Assembly of Experts re-elected Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi-Kani on Tuesday as the chairman of the deliberative body of 86 Iran's Mujtahids (Islamic scholars) that is charged with electing and removing the Supreme Leader of Iran and supervising his activities. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
TEHRAN, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Assembly of Experts Tuesday re-elected Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi-Kani as the chairman of the deliberative body of 86 Iran's Mujtahids (Islamic scholars) that is charged with electing and removing the Supreme Leader of Iran and supervising his activities.
Mahdavi-Kani, who replaced influential Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi- Rafsanjani in 2011, was re-elected by 64 votes in favor for the next two years.
Pointing out some problems that, either have been imposed by Iran's "enemies" on Iranian people or caused by mismanagement, he called on the officials to solve people's problems and to " consider people's rights."
Western powers have imposed a series of sanctions on the Iran, including embargo on its energy exports and financial transactions, over the country's controversial nuclear program.
"We should respect the rights of people; there are problems and we should solve them with patience and tolerance," said the Iranian religious scholar at the opening meeting of Assembly of Experts on Tuesday.
Referring to the upcoming presidential elections in the Islamic republic slated for June 2013, he said that the country is facing problems caused by the "enemies inside and outside" of Iran and those who are "eligible" and "capable" to deal with the issues concerning the management of the country should run for the president.
Those who are intending to partake in the elections "should have programs and a team" for implementing those programs, he added.
Mahdavi-Kani called for massive turn-out in the June presidential elections.
It is important that people show their allegiance and loyalty to the Islamic revolution and Islamic establishment through their "high participation" in the upcoming presidential elections, he said.
Mahdavi Kani, also an influential cleric, was Iran's acting prime minister from Sept. 2, 1980 to Oct. 29, 1981 after Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar was assassinated. He is the current leader of Combatant Clergy Association.