The Azadi Tower, built to celebrate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, is one of Tehran's most iconic landmarks.
On Feb. 26, Iran will hold elections concerning two different government bodies. The first is the Islamic Consultative Assembly is Iran's Parliament, the members of which will shape the outcome of the agenda for the remaining two years in office of reform president Hassan Rouhani.
Rouhani's diplomatic efforts helped make possible the landmark nuclear deal reached with the United States and other global powers. How sanctions relief made possible by the deal affect voting will prove a major vote of confidence for Rouhani,
The Guardian reports
The second government entity subject to the Feb. 26 vote is the Assembly of Experts, which is responsible for appointing the Supreme Leader, monitoring his performance and removing him from office if he is deemed incapable of performing his duties,
according to BBC News
. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is 76 years old and has held onto power for more than a quarter century, has been rumored to be in poor health for years now, and when the time comes, his successor could change Iran's political fortunes in the future.
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