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In Iran, Khamenei Allies Named To Election Board

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
A majority of the seven trustees named to Iran's Central Election Board appear to be close to the camp of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

State media reported the appointments of the seven trustees who -- along with Iran’s interior minister, intelligence minister, state prosecutor, and a member of the parliament’s leadership committee -- comprise the Central Election Board.

The board is in charge of overseeing the June 14 presidential election.

That event is being closely watched following the tumultuous 2009 reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and the protests that followed it.

The Central Election Board was created under changes to the election law that diminished the role of the Interior Ministry in overseeing elections.

Khamenei has been engaged in a power struggle with Ahmadinejad for some time.

Based on reporting by Fars, Mehr, and RFE/RL's Radio Farda