Coming to power on June 4, 1989 Ayatollah Khamenei has ruled as the head of state with a brutal dictatorship. Although there have been major protests during Khomeini’s reign, he still proceeds ahead prosecuting journalists, bloggers, and anyone who insults the Supreme Leader or speaks against the state.
The supreme leader is the most powerful political leader in Iran. He serves as the head of state, the commander-in-chief, and has superseding decree and veto power. His power extended beyond the halls of government to include the military, media, and religious centers of Iran. Any elected officials or high ranking officers are vetted first by the Guardian Council, a body controlled by the Supreme Leader.