0530 GMT August 17, 2018
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with the newly appointed chairman and members of the council in Tehran on Wednesday, IRNA reported.
He said that the body is the heritage of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini and founded based on his ideas.
Ayatollah Khamenei described the three most important duties of the council as: “Discerning the expediency of the system, advice on charting general policies for the country, and offering solutions to problems the country deals with.”
The Expediency Council’s main task is to mediate in disputes between the country’s Parliament and the Guardian Council, a body that checks parliamentary ratifications for consistency with the Constitution and Islamic law.
The council, chaired by Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, also serves as an advisory body to the Leader in shaping the general policies of the Islamic Republic.
Born in Iraq, the 69-year-old Ayatollah Shahroudi is well known for his 10-year tenure as judiciary chief, from 1999 to 2009.