How Powerful Is Iran's Supreme Leader? | NowThis World

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  • Published on:  Sunday, January 27, 2019
  • In Iran, the supreme leader has the final word. Which got us thinking, just how much power does the supreme leader of Iran actually have?
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    It’s no secret that the Islamic Republic of Iran has a complicated and, let’s call it ‘volatile,’relationship with the U. S.

    But this isn’t anything new.

    Despite this, President Donald Trump expressed a willingness to meet with Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, even though Trump ended up withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement.

    BUT Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was not interested at all.

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is a key player in the Middle East. And whether it’s the war in Syria and Yemen, or its nuclear deal with western powers, the Persian country always seems to be right in the center of things.

    And while Iran has elected political offices like a presidency and legislative body, a lot of power belongs to one man, the country’s Supreme Leader. And his powers are far reaching.
    When it comes to politics, the Supreme Leader has direct or indirect power over the executive and legislative bodies of government through un-elected councils he controls.

    Essentially he is the most influential political authority and serves as the de facto head of state.

    So, while the country does have a president, that position does not wield as much influence as say an American president, for example. And the same goes for Iran’s legislative body.

    The Supreme Leader also wields the most influence over the country’s military and more.

    But Iran wasn’t always run like this.

    Watch our video to find out just how powerful the Supreme Leader of Iran really is.

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    NowThis World

     9 months ago +74

    CORRECTION: This video incorrectly states that Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi seized power in 1921. It was his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi, who seized power before subsequently handing down the thrown to Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1941. We apologies for this error.

  • Nurlan Mammadov

    Nurlan Mammadov

     3 days ago

    We stand with our Supreme Leader till the death! From Azerbaijan.

  • Farwa Zehra

    Farwa Zehra

     7 days ago

    I believe that a leader has the real power

  • hey! hi

    hey! hi

     7 days ago

    This is real Islam.. The whole west especially america is afaraid of power of supreme leader.. Our lives are ready. To be sacrificed on ur order

  • Monsieur Cramoisi

    Monsieur Cramoisi

     14 days ago

    You'd better to have a look at their economical condition which is a gift from these people who wear beard...

  • Ali Naqi

    Ali Naqi

     14 days ago

    We love iron

  • saman malekian

    saman malekian

     21 days ago

    i am iranian and i realy love my Supreme Leader, we love iran, we love khamenei ❤️

  • Shabbir Husain

    Shabbir Husain

     21 days ago


  • Gholamreza Payambari

    Gholamreza Payambari

     21 days ago

    i lived in Iran and yon not, you have to tell from both sides not one. you have a lot wrong check igen,

  • abtin kiani

    abtin kiani

     21 days ago

    Who can negotiate with the bully Trump?!
    We should stand against Trump n his administration.
    The present US government is a farce!

  • Umeed E Jahanامید جہاں

    Umeed E Jahanامید جہاں

     21 days ago

    Death to America
    Death to Israel
    Death to India
    ❤️Iran zindabad from Pakistan ✌️

  • Muzhar Ali

    Muzhar Ali

     21 days ago

    Long live the Iranian Army, which a true and real Islamic State.

  • Black Fighter

    Black Fighter

     28 days ago

    Love Iran from Bangladesh . A war Against iran is a war Against Islam. We will fight with Iran Against its enemy.

  • saeeddawachh


     28 days ago

    ❤️Syed Ali Khamenie❤️

  • Muhammed Raza Dawoodani

    Muhammed Raza Dawoodani

     28 days ago

    Long live Imam Khamenai

  • Blue Sky

    Blue Sky

     28 days ago

    Terrible totalitarian regime in Iran. Islam was brought to Iran via Arab-Islamic conquest in 650 AD and has played a shifting, anomalous role in this nation-state ever since.

  • Ali mukhlisi

    Ali mukhlisi

     1 months ago

    Love Iran.🇵🇰

  • Hamid Hussaini

    Hamid Hussaini

     1 months ago

    Iran's Supreme Leader is bad because he maintained an independent foreign policy for 40 years and refused to give in to Zionist bankers.

  • Padra Axıon

    Padra Axıon

     1 months ago

    You westerners see everything through your illusions, I'm iranian and I'm telling you, you're wrong about everything you said here. Do you really think by casting poll every 4 years with a moron's name having a Hollywoodian background on it you're running every single aspect of your social and political lives?! Corporations are ruling your thoughts through the media and your lives by giving you the illusion of "freedom of choice". Not just you, but even the most experienced CIA agents and think tanks, couldn't understand the system in Iran, now you as usual, with an over simplified information want to elaborate the political system in Iran which is far beyond your western type of understanding the world? Game is already over!

  • Google User

    Google User

     1 months ago

    Viva Iran🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷