Former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that the Council of experts of Iran began consultations on the selection of the successor to the spiritual leader of the Islamic revolution Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The Council of experts – a special state authority with the task of monitoring the activities of the leader of the Islamic revolution (Rahbar). It is Rahbar, not the President, is the real head of state. The expert Council has the right to remove him from power and is responsible for the election of a successor.
It should be noted that Rafsanjani has violated a taboo. In Iran information about the state of health of the state’s leader classified. However, since 2007, Khamenei has repeatedly ceased to appear in public for long periods of time. This caused the rumors about his severe illness and even death.
According to Western publications, Grand Ayatollah is suffering from prostate cancer. In September 2014, he underwent surgery.
Note that Ali Khamenei is the second Supreme leader of the Islamic revolution. He has been in power for more than a quarter century: in June 1989 he succeeded the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the.