A Welcome Change in Iranian Leadership?

This article in Asia Times claims that the Iranian Supreme Leader is suffering from cancer and is about to die, to be replaced later by the trio of “Khatami, Rafsanjani and Karroubi.”

A leading Western energy consultant, who prefers to remain anonymous, went to Tehran in early February and personally met with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. He tells Asia Times Online that according to his assessment, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “has a couple of months at most – prostate cancer”.
The Western consultant’s top sources also told him the Supreme Leader “will not be replaced, but a triumvirate/council will replace him, consisting of Khatami, Rafsanjani and Kharroubi”. Former president Mohammad Khatami is a reformist. Mehdi Kharroubi – the Majlis (parliament) Speaker – is a moderate. And former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, a Machiavellian pragmatist, is in fact the next notable in the line of succession, according to the current rules (he would be chosen by the Council of Experts, of which he is the top member).

(Courtesy of Opium and Saffron)

Well, the trio he talks about here is arguably the most moderate one can imagine, and the prospect of three people running the country than one is also one step closer to pluralism. But you need to be very optimistic about the Islamic Republic to see this happening.

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One response to “A Welcome Change in Iranian Leadership?

  1. that would really throw everyone for a loop. Who would replace. however before all taht, what is the source? is a journalist from the asian times, or did they take it from somewhere?
    i know around december, michael ledeen started a rumour that Khamenei had died. i dont know…politicians, surely have made deals with teh devil, how else would explain a guy like cheney surviving 4 heart attacks? think how many people in the world would have been alive, if one of those heart attacks been more successful. i think the same rule applies to some of our beloved mullahs.
    sz

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