Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late leader of Iran’s Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, has registered his name for the Assembly of Experts election.

Hassan Khomeini

Hassan Khomeini

Hassan Khomeini

Registration opened yesterday for the fifth Assembly of Experts election, which is slated for March 2016.

Hassan Khomeini told reporters that his decision to run for the Assembly of Experts has drawn three kinds of reactions.

The first group has been very supportive and told him that his participation is “a sign of the persistence of Imam [Khomeini] in Iranian society”.

The second group has been highly critical, and to them Khomeini said: “I am very grateful for your candid opinions.”

And the third group has spoken of his participation in the assembly election as “the sign of a deep rift in the Islamic Republic regime”. Khomeini said to the third group: “My participation is based on the words of my grandfather, who used to tell me to strive with all my strength to defend the principles of the Islamic Republic.”

Hassan Khomeini has been often been criticized by Islamic Republic hardliners for his proximity to reformists and his support for the election protests of 2009.