The video below (an example of European & American MSM news) indicates that the American & Europeans had utterly failed to understand the Iranian system? It was their Time magazine's - naming, late Khomeini as a "Philosophical King" according to his Irani constitution - that led me to open up, my inquiry on "political ideas", opened my eyes to the Iranian Constitutions and its developments.
Now Khamenei is the "King (not monarch)" that plays the role to see the order of things, within the extent & limits of his ideology. Numerous "bodies" such as assembly of experts, expediency council, guardian council - independent and unrelated to the parliament (majlis) is also there to play their roles towards similar end.
Very different from the American experience where their President's role is to administer the country in line with entertaining and advancing the interests - whims, desires and fancies of the ruling class exemplified by the bankers, wall street businesses, industrial capitalists and the military industrial complex.
As seen form the video titled :