1998 Iranian Assembly of Experts election
86 Seats in Assembly of Experts
56 seats needed for a majority
Coming a year after reformist Mohammad Khatami's 1997 presidential victory, there had been speculation that reform-minded individuals would do well in the 1998 race. However, the Guardian Council changed the rules. Previously, candidates had to demonstrate ijtihad, but in 1998 all potential candidates were also required to demonstrate a "proper political inclination".
The two leading clerical bodies of reformists, Association of Combatant Clerics and Assembly of Qom Seminary Scholars and Researchers did not issue any electoral list, protesting disqualification of their candidates by the Guardian Council. Other reformist groups did the same, including Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Organization. The only 2nd of Khordad-affiliated group that endorsed candidates was Executives of Construction Party.
|Electoral list||Seats Won|
|Combatant Clergy Association||49||20|
69 / 86 (80%)
|Executives of Construction Party||12||20|
32 / 86 (37%)
5 / 86 (6%)
|Radical-right and Fundamentalists||3%|
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