Ali Meshkini

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Ayatollah Meshkini seen here, second from right.

Ayatollah Ali Meshkini (1922-July 30, 2007[1]) is the chairman of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran.[2]

The Assembly of Experts is a body of 86 members.[3] It is exclusively reserved for Islamic clerics who are elected by voters every eight years.


On 20 July 2007, the 85-year-old Ayatollah Meshkini fell into a coma.[4][5] A few days later, a think thank reported he was dead or "on the brink of death."[6] Later, he died before the start of August 2007.



  1. Robert Tait, "Senior cleric's death opens up power struggle in Iran", Guardian Unlimited, 30 July 2007
  2. "Senior Iranian cleric’s state of health sharply deteriorates", Iran Focus, 19 Jul 2007
  3. David Blair, "Iran ayatollah death opens way for moderates", The Daily Telegraph, 1 August 2007
  4. "Ayatollah Meshkini slips into coma", Press TV, 20 July 2007
  5. "Ayatollah Meshkini hospitalized", Mehr News Agency, 20 July 2007
  6. Patrick Clawson and Mehdi Khalaji, "How Supreme Is Iran's Supreme Leader?", The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 23, 2007

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