Iranian Assembly of Experts election, 1990

Assembly of Experts elections

October 8, 1990 (1990-10-08)

83 Seats in Assembly of Experts
54 seats needed for a majority
Registered 31,280,084[1]
Turnout 37.09%[1]

Actual Votes 11,602,613[1]

Chairman before election

Ali Meshkini

Elected Chairman

Ali Meshkini

The second Iranian Assembly of Experts election was held on October 8, 1990 to elect all 83 members in 24 constituencies.[1] The election was the first election of the assembly since Ayatollah Khomeini's death and election of Ali Khamenei as the new Supreme Leader.[2] This election had the lowest turnout in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran with 37.09% of the eligible voters participating.[3]

Out of 180 individuals registered to run, 109 (60.55%) were qualified by the Guardian Council.[1] The council disqualified many left-wing clerics including Mehdi Karroubi, Sadegh Khalkhali, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipur, Hadi Khamenei and Asadollah Bayat-Zanjani.[4] As a sign of protest, the leading leftist party Association of Combatant Clerics decided not to endorse any candidate and some withdrew from the elections, most notably Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha.[5]

During elections, some candidates tried to argue that the assembly was authorized to exercise continuous supervision over the Supreme Leader's policies and activities. In practice, however, the assembly had exercised no such mandate.[2]

Ahmad Khomeini, Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi and Mohammad Yazdi were among the newly elected members of the assembly.[6]


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  2. 1 2 Azimi, Fakhreddin; Bakhash, Shaul; Kakar, M. Hassan (December 13, 2011) [December 15, 1998]. "ELECTIONS ii. Under the Islamic Republic, 1979-92.". In Yarshater, Ehsan. Encyclopædia Iranica. 4. VIII. New York City: Bibliotheca Persica Press. pp. 345–355. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  3. Alamdari, Kazem (2008), "ELECTIONS", in Kamrava, Mehran; Dorraj, Manochehr, Iran today: an encyclopedia of life in the Islamic Republic (PDF), Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 180–191, ISBN 978-0-313-34161-8
  4. "پنج دوره خبرگان؛ رد صلاحیت‌ها" (in Persian). BBC Persian. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. "جریان شناسی ادوار انتخابات مجلس خبرگان" (in Persian). Fars News Agency. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  6. "معرفی از چهره های شاخص دومین مجلس خبرگان رهبری" (in Persian). Islamic Republic News Agency. Original Source: Maryam Mohammadpour (December 26, 2015). Seda Weekly, No. 66. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
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