By MaleProstateHealth • June 27, 2017 • Comments Off on Ebrahim Raisi: the Iranian cleric emerging as a frontrunner for supreme leader
Many believe the custodian of the Islamic Republics holiest shrine is being groomed by Ayatollah Ali Khameneis inner circle
A 56-year-old conservative cleric relatively unknown to the outside world is quietly emerging as a frontrunner to be Irans next supreme leader.
Ebrahim Raisi is the custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the wealthiest charity in the Muslim world and the organisation in charge of Irans holiest shrine. It is believed he is being groomed to be a leading candidate to succeed 77-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Khameneis tenure, which has spanned more than a quarter-century, will end only with his death; but the sudden death on Sunday of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, the countrys greatest political survivor, has revived speculation about the succession. In 2014, Khamenei, the countrys ultimate decision-maker and its commander-in-chief, was announced to have undergone prostate surgery, which broke a taboo on the topic.
Rafsanjani, who will be buried on Tuesday, was a major political force in Iran. Although his influence had diminished in recent years as he shifted his political allegiance to reformists, he was still considered to have influence in pushing for a more moderate candidate to succeed Khamenei.
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