After Iranians’ vote for reform, a bigger question looms: Who will be the next supreme leader?

The agenda of newly reelected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could hinge on the process to replace the ailing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pictured. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times – June O3. 2017 – By Shashank Bengali and Ramin Mostaghim Contact Reporter – After President Hassan Rouhani’s decisive reelection, talk in Iran has turned to the future of an even larger political figure: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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C.I.A. Names the ‘Dark Prince’ to Run Iran Operations, Signaling a Tougher Stance

 

Iranian voters in the city of Qom, south of Tehran, last month in the country’s first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers. CreditMajid Saeedi/Getty Images

The New York Times- June 02.2017 – WASHINGTON — He is known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, nicknames he earned as the Central Intelligence Agency officer who oversaw the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the American drone strike campaign that killed thousands of Islamist militants and hundreds of civilians.

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