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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has a couple of months at most - prostate cancer.

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posted on Mar, 4 2007 @ 10:51 AM
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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has a couple of months at most - prostate cancer.


Source Link: globalresearch.ca

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".
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posted on Mar, 4 2007 @ 10:54 AM
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So who would that put into power in Iran? Another cleric in line or would the balance of power fall to the President?

edit/ Sorry I guess I should have read the article first..


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).


[edit on 3/4/2007 by mythatsabigprobe]



posted on Mar, 4 2007 @ 10:56 AM
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Just to add from the article:


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).

Were such a triumvirate to become a reality, it would represent a constitutional nightmare. According to the Iranian political analyst, "It would require an amendment to the constitution. The talk of a council replacing the leader is not new but it is chock full of legal and religious issues."
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The key merit of the triumvirate solution would be the isolation of Ahmadinejad. Khatami coined the "dialogue of civilizations" and Rafsanjani is in favor of normalization of relations with the United States. In the Western consultant's assessment, "only a wave of populism caused by a US attack can rescue Ahmadinejad from being chucked out pretty soon".


That last line says a lot. If the US were to attack this would bolster support for Ahmadinejad. Not attacking could potentially provide what the US wants, a regime change. Also from the article:


At the same time, with an insider's knowledge of Iran's nuclear dossier since the Khatami presidency, the Western consultant said, "Iran's nuclear capability is to all intents and purposes non-existent due - as I am painfully aware - to a management deficiency of cosmic proportions." The Russians, as the builders of the Bushehr nuclear plant, are also aware of this "cosmic" deficiency. So much for Israeli assertions that Iran's bomb is just around the corner.


Depending on whats to be believed Iranian nuclear ambitions may not be what the media and US gov't is portraying but as stated only trivial israeli fear mongering.

If these events unfold it will be interesting to see the next step the US takes.

brill


[edit on 4-3-2007 by brill]



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