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A Who’s Who of Iran

A Who’s Who of Iran

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Matthew Duss reviews the 20 most important government (political and military) leaders and opposition leaders in Iran.
Matthew Duss reviews the 20 most important government (political and military) leaders and opposition leaders in Iran.

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Published by: Center for American Progress on Apr 11, 2012
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A Who’s Who of Iran
 The 20 most important government (political and military)leaders and opposition leaders in Iran
Matthew Duss
Government leaders
Ali Khamenei:
The supreme leader,the highest political and religiousauthority in the Islamic Republico Iran. He succeeded AyatollahKhomeini in 1989 and has steadilyworked since then to increase hisoce’s power and marginalize all internal opposition.
Mojtaba Khamenei:
The second son o the supremeleader. Mojtaba in 2009 took control o the Basij mili-tia—a volunteer paramilitary wing o the RevolutionaryGuards—and oversaw its crackdown on green move-ment protesters. Many believe he is being groomed tosucceed his ather as supreme leader.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
The cur-rent president o Iran, rst elected tothe position in 2005. His controversialre-election in 2009, which manybelieve was raudulent, led to massivestreet protests. His subsequent eortsto expand his own power resulted in a backlash romKhamenei and his supporters and a severe curtailing o his infuence.
Mohammed-Taghi Mesbah Yazdi:
A hardline cleric andormer spiritual advisor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yazdiis leader o the ultraconservative action in the parliament.
Mohammed-Javad Larijani:
A top advisor andspokesman or the supreme leader. Larijani is oten aspokesman or the regime toWestern media.
Ali Larijani:
Current chairman o the Iranian Parliament. The youngerbrother o Mohammed Javad, he isalso the ormer secretary o Iran’sSupreme National Security Council.
Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf:
The current mayor o Tehran. Ghaliba is seen as a rontrunner to succeedMahmoud Ahmadinejad as president o Iran.
Saeed Jalili:
Currently the secretaryo Iran’s Supreme National SecurityCouncil, the equivalent o the U.S.national security council, as wellas Iran’s lead nuclear negotiator.Previously he served as Iran’s deputyoreign minister or European and American Aairs.
Major General Mohammed Ali Jaafari:
Commandero the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. Jaaari wasappointed to the position by the supreme leader inSeptember 2007.
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