Iran cleric warns over moves to harm Khamenei
Washington Post/Reuters / Zahra Hosseinian
24-Jul-2009 (one comment)

A hardline Iranian cleric said on Friday there had been plots in the Islamic state to weaken Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's position after a disputed election last month. Iran's disputed presidential poll on June 12 plunged the country into its biggest internal crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution and has exposed deep divisions in its ruling elite. "We know of some insulting private meetings. We know about the plots against the leader but you (who hold these meetings) should know that you will not be able to stand against the people," Ahmad Khatami told Friday prayer worshippers. "Our people will defend the leader until the last drop of their blood," Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts, added. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and the head of the Assembly of Experts which in theory can dismiss the supreme leader, declared the Islamic republic in crisis last Friday and said there were doubts about the election result. Rafsanjani's comments were a clear challenge to the authority of Khamenei, Iran's most powerful figure, who endorsed the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad soon after the vote. Reformist former president Mohammad Khatami and defeated moderate candidate Mirhossein Mousavi rejected the election result, saying Ahmadinejad's government would be "illegitimate." Khamenei's endorsement of... >>>

Ali Lakani

of course he would!

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Despite the fake bravado, it sounds like the conservative cronies of Khamenei are more than a little scared about what Hashemi and others might be planning to do here.  Very interesting days and weeks ahead.  Stay tuned!