September 24, 2013
Enigmatic Iranian Leader Backs Talks -- for Now
Tom Erdbrink, New York Times
The Associated Press
Ayatollah Khamenei sees himself as a sort of referee of Iran's complex political system, sitting in judgment of the politicians he anoints to lead the country in what are often sharply different directions. In 1997, for example, he blessed the reformist candidacy of Mohammad Khatami, who relaxed some social restrictions and allowed more press freedom.
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