Ahmad Khatami, the spokesperson of the Iranian Assembly of Experts, has said a secret committee has been selected to choose candidates to succeed Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the event of his sudden death as he suffers from prostate cancer.
Only Khamenei has officially been informed who the candidates so far are. However, political circles in Iran have circulated a list of possible political and religious candidates.
1. Ebrahim Raisi (56 years old)
مجتبى خامنئي وقاسم سليماني
صادق آملي لاريجاني
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani addresses a press conference in Tehran on January 17, 2017, to mark the first anniversary of the implementation of the nuclear deal. (AFP)