ELECTED

Assembly of Experts
86 members
Elected for eight-year terms. Appoints supreme leader with power to remove.

President
Four-year term; limit of two consecutive terms. Guides domestic policy, but ruling clerics set foreign and defense policies.

Parliament
290 members
Elected for four-year terms. Introduces and passes laws.

Appoints with power to remove

Power to remove

Appoints

Approves

NOT ELECTED

Supreme Leader
Highest religious and political leader. Controls all major policy decisions either directly or through a network of groups appointed by him. Oversees the military and has the power to remove the president. He appoints six members of the Guardian Council.

Cabinet
18 members
Ministers appointed by the president and approved by Parliament.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Parliament approves Judiciary appointments to Guardian Council

Approves nominees for elections

Appoints six members

Approves
six members

Military

Media

Expediency Council
39 members
Advises supreme leader

Judiciary
Appoints six members
of the Guardian Council; Parliament must approve.

Guardian Council
12 members
Its 12 members determine who is allowed to run for elected offices.

SOURCE: Staff reports. GRAPHIC: Washington Post. Published June 13, 2013.