Top clerics vow Khamenei will be the last Supreme Leader
Newsweek / Geneieve Abo
19-Nov-2009 (one comment)

The clerical establishment
has become so sick of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that they
will not replace him when he dies...

Iranian reformists and liberals worldwide can be forgiven for thinking
that the election and crackdown last summer strengthened the
hardliners. In the short term, they're right: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is
still president and his opposition has gone to ground. In the long run,
though, they may have already won the battle: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is
likely to be the last all-powerful Supreme Leader of the Islamic
republic, even if the theocratic system manages to survive this tumult. 

A not-so-quiet debate is now brewing inside the seminaries of Qum, Iran's religious capital, over how to abolish the post, the velayat-e faqih, which Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini assumed when he established the Islamic republic in 1979.





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by FG on

My apology to the editors here.   I know you prefer the use of original headings to news items here.   However, in this case, as in some others I've come across, the origninal heading gives no real idea of what the article is about.    In this case, the original title was especially inapt and undramatic compared to the content so I hope you'll allow me a little flexibility here but choose as you will, please.  Thanks.