The terms of office for six members of the 12-member Guardian Council, including council chairman, Ayatollah Jannati and Gholam-Hossein Elham (two of the extreme hardliners), along with four other members will come to an end this July.
The Guardian Council is composed of six Islamic jurists who are directly appointed by the Supreme leader. It also consists of six lawyers who are elected by the parliament from among those nominated by the Judiciary chief, and ultimately approved by the Supreme Leader.
The Guardian Council is in charge of vetting election candidates for presidency, Parliament and the Assembly of Experts. Ensuring the compatibility of the legislation passed by Parliament with the criteria of Islam and the Constitution is among other duties of the council.
There is no meaningful change expected, especially in the leadership, as Ayatollah Jannati was appointed by Khomeini and is an extreme hardliner. He is a supporter of Ahmadinejad and is one of the main players in the planned purge of the reformers and their parties over the last decade.