March 14, 2011

Iran's Disappearing Political Middle

Muhammad Sahimi, Tehran Bureau

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One reason that Rafsanjani's removal is important is that Khamenei, 72, is known to be suffering from prostate cancer. The hardliners are terrified by the prospects of Khamenei's death, and the possible rise of Rafsanjani to power.

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TAGGED: Ali Khamenei, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran

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