Superimposed on them are 3 theocratic political institutions. One level: parliamentary elections in the country and presidential elections. Regular 4 year term, regular bodies, seems democratic. 2009 election: get to next class (wasn"t fair) Vast majority of autocracies have problems in terms of fairness. Iran is different than most autocracies because elections are fair, therefore they are worth voting in (they won"t just change the numbers after the fact), but they restrict who can actually participate they are not the most important actors. Powers are largely internal domestic: not in charge of foreign affairs. Although there is a president and separately elected parliament elected by the people, President himself doesn"t have a ton of power. Supreme leader most important political actor. 3 religious bodies (supreme leader, assembly of experts, and council of guardians) 2. Voters get to vote for assembly of experts bizarre elections as you are voting for a body that is in it for life supreme leader.