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A Who’s Who of Iran
The 20 most important government (political and military)leaders and opposition leaders in Iran
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 hisoce’s power and marginalize all internal opposition.
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.
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 eortsto 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 andormer spiritual advisor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yazdiis leader o the ultraconservative action in the parliament.
A top advisor andspokesman or the supreme leader. Larijani is oten aspokesman or the regime toWestern media.
Current chairman o the Iranian Parliament. The youngerbrother o Mohammed Javad, he isalso the ormer secretary o Iran’sSupreme National Security Council.
The current mayor o Tehran. Ghaliba is seen as a rontrunner to succeedMahmoud Ahmadinejad as president o Iran.
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 deputyoreign minister or European and American Aairs.
Major General Mohammed Ali Jaafari:
Commandero the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. Jaaari wasappointed to the position by the supreme leader inSeptember 2007.
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