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    رفراندوم قانون اساسی ایران، 1989م

    (Wikipedia) - Iranian constitutional referendum, 1989 Iranian constitutional referendum, 1989
    Results Yes or no Votes Percentage
    Yes 16,025,459 700197570000009999997.57%
    No 398,867 70002430000000000002.43%
    Valid votes 16,424,326 700199970000000000099.97%
    Invalid or blank votes 4,650 69983000000000000000.03%
    Total votes 16,428,976 100.00%
    Voter turnout 700154510000000000054.51%
    Electorate 30,139,598
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    A constitutional referendum was held in Iran on 28 July 1989, alongside presidential elections. Approved by 97.6% of voters, It was the first and so far the only time the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been amended. It made several changes to articles 5, 107, 109, 111, and added article 176. It eliminated the need for the Supreme Leader (rahbar) of the country to be a marja or chosen by popular acclaim, it eliminated the post of prime minister, and it created a Supreme National Security Council.



    On 24 April 1989 while on his deathbed, Ayatollah Khomeini appointed a 25-man Constitutional Reform Council (also known as the Assembly for Revising the Constitution). The council named Ali Khamenei as Khomeini''s successor as Supreme Leader of Iran and drew up several amendments to the original constitution. Since the senior mujtahid or Marja of Iran had given only lukewarm support to Khomeini''s principle of rule by Islamic jurist, and Khamenei was not a marja, the original prerequisite that the rahbar (leader) be "a paramount faqih" (i.e. one of these marja) was dropped from the constitution.

    Some changes to the constitution introduced by the Reform Council include:

    The amendments were approved by Iranian voters and became law on 28 July 1989.

    Members of the council

    This is a list of members of Constitutional Amendment Council of Iran, appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini, who reviewed and amended the Constitution of Iran in 1989:

    Results Choice Votes %
    For 16,025,459 97.6
    Against 398,867 2.4
    Invalid/blank votes 32,445 -
    Total 16,456,771 100
    Source: Nohlen et al.

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