Ahmad Jannati, a notorious hardline cleric who is the Chairman of the Guardian Council, a body with huge influence over ...
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati is an Iranian Shi’i cleric and a conservative politician. Jannati is known for his opposition of secularism and anti-LGBT rhetoric. He is also a founding member of the Haghani school of thought.
Today, Jannati occupies two prominent posts in Iranian politics as chairman of the Assembly of Experts, the body charged with choosing the Supreme Leader, and as chairman of the Guardian Council, the body in charge of checking legislation approved by Majlis with the Constitution and sharia, and approving the candidates in various elections.
During a Friday Prayer on 4 August 2006, Jannati asserted that “support for Hezbollah” was “a duty.” Regarding Iraq, around the time its draft constitution was presented to parliament in 2005, he said: “Fortunately, after years of effort and expectations in Iraq, an Islamic state has come to power and the constitution has been established on the basis of Islamic precepts”.
Jannati’s wife was Sediqeh Mazaheri with whom he had four sons. She died in 2015, and he later remarried. His son Hossein Jannati was a member of People’s Mujahedin of Iran and was killed in a street battle by the Islamic Republic security forces in 1981. He is also father of Ali Jannati, who served as Minister of Culture.