New Head of Expediency Council Hails Rouhani’s Anti-Trump Speech

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the new chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council, has praised President Hassan Rouhani’s ‘courageous’ response to Trump’s speech in his UN General Assembly address.

The new members and chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council held their first meeting on Saturday, September 23.

During the meeting, the new chairman, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, blasted the US president’s recent anti-Iran remarks in his UNGA address, and described Trump as ‘mentally unbalanced’ and ‘paradoxical’.

According to a Farsi report by ISNA, he referred to Trump’s allegations as ‘worthless’ and ‘ugly’, and said President Rouhani’s response to those allegations was ‘courageous’, ‘decisive’, and ‘very appropriate’.

The Expediency Council is an administrative assembly appointed by Iran’s Leader and was created upon the revision to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran on 6 February 1988.

It was originally set up to resolve differences or conflicts between the Iranian Parliament and Guardians Council. Members of the council are chosen by the Leader once every five years.

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