TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television is reporting the Islamic Republic's supreme leader has appointed a former general in the country's Revolutionary Guard as the nation's new police chief.
The report Monday said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei replaced Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam with Gen. Hossein Ashtari for a three-year term. Moghaddam had held the top post for 10 years.
Under Iran's constitution, Khamenei has the power to appoint chiefs of the country's military and police forces.
Ashtari previously worked as deputy police chief and head of the security department of the police.
Many view Ashtari as being an impartial force in the country's politics. He was a member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard during 1980-1988 war with Iraq, a conflict that killed and wounded more than 1 million people on both sides.