Ayatollah Khamenei appoints new chairman and members of Council of Expediency

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, issued a verdict, wherein His Eminence has assigned the chairman, the secretary, and members of the Council of Expediency to five-year terms. The full text of the ruling follows hereby:

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful,

I thank the All-knowing and Almighty God, whose guidance and assistance made the Council of Expediency successful in the performance of their crucial duties; for having enabled this legal entity to play an influential role in the management of the country for over a quarter of a century.

I feel it my duty to express my gratitude to all members and brokers of this entity and commemorate the deceased members of the council—particularly Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was one of the political pillars of the country, bearing the heavy responsibility of charing the council for years—as well as Hojjatul Islam wal Muslimeen Mr. Tabassi, Mr. Asgaroladi, and Dr. Hassan Habibi (may God bless their souls).
Now, with the commencement of the new term at the council, based on the valuable existing experiences, it appears that certain changes within the structure and content need to be made. The general changes to be made include:

  • Organizing a set of general policies, as well as revising the titles and their process of appointments and assignment;
  • Necessary setup of assessing efficiency and effectiveness of the policies;
  • Creating thorough coherence within the organizational and managerial structure, and the focusing of programs based on the approved directory;
  • Boosting the agility of the organization, and removing the unnecessary and parallel sections;

Apart from the above mentioned changes, meanwhile, any other reformations or modifications which may emerge as necessary will--God Willing--be applied under the supervision of members and the flexibility of the organization.

Given what has been mentioned above, I appoint Ayatollah Sayyid Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi as the chairman, Dr. Mohsen Rezaei as the secretary of the Expediency Council, and I appoint the following legal entities and individuals to the designated position for the new 5-year term:

Legal entities:

A- The respected heads of the three branches of power;
B- The respected jurisprudents (fuqaha) of the Guardian Council;
C- The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces;
D- The Secretary of the Supreme Council of National Security;
E- The Minister or the head of the sector whose job is related to the topic being discussed;
F- The Head of the parliament commission whose job is related to the topic being discussed.


Ayatollahs and Hojjatul-Islams:
Mr. Hajj Sayyid Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi; Mr. Hajj Sheikh Ahmad Jannati; Mr. Amini NajafAbadi; Mr. Movahhedi Kermani; Mr. Nateq-Nouri; Mr. Hajj Sheikh Hassan Sanei; Mr. Mohseni Ezhei; Mr. Mojtahed Shabestari; Mr. Sayyid Ibrahim Raeesi; Mr. Dorri NajafAbadi; Mr. Mohammadi-Araqi; Mr. Majid Ansari; Mr. Mesbahi-Moqaddam.

As well as their eminences:

Mr. Gholamreza Aqazadeh; Mr. Ali Aqamohammadi; Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Mr. Mohammad Javad Iravani; Mr. MohammadReza Bahonar; Mr. Ahmad Tavakkoli; Mr. Saeed Jalili; Mr. GholamAli Haddad-Adel; Mr. Davood Danesh-Jafari; Mr. Parviz Davoodi; Mr. Mohsen Rezaei; Mr. Sayyid Mohamad Sadr; Mr. Mohammad Hossein Saffar-Harandi; Mr. MohammadReza Aref; Mr. Mohammad Foroozandeh; Mr. Sayyid Hassan Firoozabadi; Mr. Mohammad-Baqir Qalibaf; Mr. Hossein Mohammadi; Mr. Hossein Mozaffar, Mr. Sayyid Mostafa Mirsalim; Mr. Sayyid Mohammad Mirmohammadi; Mr. Sayyid Morteza Nabavi; Mr. Ali-Akbar Velayati; Mr. Sadeqi Vaez-Zadeh and Mr. Ahmad Vahidi.

I invite their eminences to attendance, perfection and preciseness in recognizing the expediency of the country, and I invite them to rectitude, tenacity and fairness. I ask God for success and divine guidance for myself and them. The guidelines attached to this ruling needs to be paid careful attention to.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei
August 14, 2017


  • 2017-08-15 10:16
    Assalamo alikom Ayatullah Khamanei is indeed a blessing of God for Iran as well a whole Islam. Respected Sir , , due to ur visionary policies iran stands in a respectable position. U r not only irani Supreem leader, whiel you are the leader of whole Muslims. Respected sir The islamic Paksitani clerics who studied from Mashad Moqadas are not performing their vital roles to reform the comunity. Please nominate ur vice leader for paksitan...