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Hardline Iranian cleric Raisi gets second powerful job in a week: IRNA

FILE PHOTO: Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi gestures after casting his ballot during the presidential election in Tehran, Iran, May 19, 2017. TIMA via REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) – Hardline Iranian cleric Ebrahim Raisi was elected on Tuesday as deputy chief of the Assembly of Experts, an influential clerical body which chooses the Supreme Leader, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

He got the job less than a week after he was appointed head of the judiciary – making the protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei a key player in Iran’s politics.

Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Andrew Heavens

via Reuters