Khamenei Challenged by Senior Cleric
Mianeh / Sahar Namazikhah

While Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been trying to bolster his support by visiting senior members of the Shia Muslim hierarchy in Qom, an influential ayatollah has spoken out against him 800 kilometres away in the city of Shiraz.

Ayatollah Ali Mohammad Dastgheib, who has been dubbed the “Green Ayatollah” – green being the colour adopted by the opposition – raised doubts about the powers exercised by Khamenei in response to a question from one of his followers.

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