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Who holds the power
Iran: Who holds the power
President

The president is elected for four years and can serve two terms. He is head of the executive branch of power and his job is to ensure the constitution is implemented, a point often stressed by the current incumbent Mohammad Khatami. In practice though, presidential powers - and Mr Khatami's reformist tendencies - are circumscribed by the clerics and conservatives in Iran's power structure, and by the authority of the Supreme Leader. It is the Supreme leader, not the president, who controls the armed forces.

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