Hardliner named to head group that will pick Khamenei’s successor

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Geostrategy-Direct

Iran’s Assembly of Experts which is responsible for electing and overseeing the work of Iran’s supreme leader has chosen hard-liner Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati as its leader.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati.
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati.

The 88-member Assembly of Experts elected Jannati with 51 votes on May 24, according to media reports.

Jannati is a critic of President Hassan Rouhani and his attempts to end Iran’s isolation by normalizing relations with the West.

Reports surfaced in March of last year that the 75-year-old Khamenei was rushed to a hospital in Teheran after several of his bodily systems had failed. Some reports even said the supreme leader had died, but he made a quick public appearance after the health scare to dispel the rumors.

In September of 2014 Khamenei underwent prostate cancer surgery.

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