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Succession of Ali Khamenei

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The succession of Ali Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader of Iran, has been a taboo in Iran.[1][2] According to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran,[not in citation given] the Supreme Leader is elected by two third[not in citation given] majority of the Assembly of Experts members.[3] It is possible for the Assembly to elect a "Deputy Supreme Leader", when the Supreme Leader still holds the office;[citation needed] however, the Assembly has not elected[citation needed] any deputies since the deposition[further explanation needed] of Hussein-Ali Montazeri in 1987. The Assembly elected[not in citation given] a Supreme Leader once in the Iranian Supreme Leader election, 1989.[4]

The next term of the Assembly of Experts, elected in the 2016 elections and lasting until 2024, possibly might have to choose, or at the very least plan, a successor for Khamenei.[4]

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in December 2015 that, "a committee is examining potential candidates to be the next Supreme Leader." He also said the Assembly would be open to choosing "a council of leaders if needed" instead of a single leader.[1]

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  • Alireza Nader; S. R. Bohandy (2011). The Next Supreme Leader: Succession in the Islamic Republic of Iran (PDF). Santa Monica, California: Rand Corporation. ISBN 9780833051998.
  • Mohammad-Javad Akbareyn; Mehrzad Boroujerdi; Reza Pirzadeh; Fatemeh Haghighatjoo; Bijan Hekmat; Mehdi Khalaji; Taghi Rahmani; Ali-Asghar Ramezanpour; Mohsen Sazegara; Ahmad Salamatian; Hassan Shariatmadari; Fariba Adelkhah; Shirin Ebadi; Abbas Abdi; Reza Alijani; Hasan Fereshtian; Mehrangiz Kar; Mohsen Kadivar; Mohammad-Taghi Karroubi; Abdolkarim Lahiji; Maliheh Mohammadi; Mahmoud Moradkhani; Iraj Mesdaghi; Ahmad Montazeri; Ali Akbar Mousavi Khoeini; Ebrahim Nabavi; Farrokh Negahdar; Sedigheh Vasmaghi; Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari; Ali Afshari (22 February 2016), Opinion Poll: Who Will Be Iran's Next Leader? (in Persian), BBC PersianCS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bozorgmehr Sharafedin (21 October 2014), Alison Williams, ed., "Iran's possible next Supreme Leader being examined: Rafsanjani", Reuters, retrieved 30 December 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Saeed Kamali Dehghan (31 October 2014), "When the time comes, who will succeed Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?", The Guardian, retrieved 30 December 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Bozorgmehr Sharafedin (13 December 2015), "Who will be Iran's next Supreme Leader?", BBC, retrieved 30 December 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Behdad Bordbar (15 July 2015), "Who will be Iran's next supreme leader?", Al-Monitor, retrieved 30 December 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Predicting the Unpredictable in Iranian Politics", Stratfor, 8 March 2017, retrieved 15 March 2017


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