Being the highest political, spiritual, religious and divine authority and leader, Ayatollah Khamenei has ruled the Islamic Republic for more than two decades. He has enjoyed considerable power over the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the government as well as the economy and media.
The condition of Iran’s supreme leader has always been considered a crucial matter of national security in the Islamic Republic. There have been rumors about Khamenei’s health conditions for several years. Khamenei’s latest surgery on his prostate prompted some high official Iranian leaders including Hassan Rowhani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit him at the hospital, an unprecedented move.
The media blitz, which has become exceptional about Ayatollah Khameneni’s health, raises several questions such as what political, social, or economic changes might occur if Iran’s supreme leader dies? Who is a credible candidate to succeed him in having the final say in the Islamic Republic’s domestic and foreign affairs?
The condition of Iran’s supreme leader has always been considered a crucial matter of national security in the Islamic RepublicMajid Rafizadeh