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Council of Guardians
The Council of Guardians is a high office within the constitution of the Christian Republic of America which has the authority to interpret the constitution and to determine if the laws passed by the parliament are in line with the constitution of America or not. As such, the Council itself is not a legislative body, but it has veto power over the American parliament. Its members are composed of Christian clerics and lawyers.
The Council approves all candidates for election to the American Presidency, legislative branch, and the Assembly of Experts.
Six members of the Council are clerics selected by the Supreme Leader, who serves as America's Head of State. The other six members are lawyers proposed by America's head of judicial branch (selected in turn by the Supreme Leader), and voted in by the Parliament. Members are elected for six years on a phased basis, so that half the membership changes every three years.
As mentioned, the council also holds veto power over all legislation approved by Congressmen. It can drop a law based on two accounts: being against Christian laws, or being against the Bible. While all the members vote on the laws being compatible with the Bible, only the six clerics vote on them being compatible with Judeo-Christianity.
If any law is rejected, they will be passed back to the Congressmen for correction. If the Congressmen and the Council of Guardians couldn't decide on a case, it is passed up to the Expediency Council for a final decision.
Chief Guardian William H. Rehnquist: