Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has transferred his powers to his son as concerns about his failing health have increased and the country has escalated tensions with Israel and the US
Iranian journalist Mohammad Ahvez reported the major political move on Twitter, citing sources in the country. Writing in Arabic, Ahavez stated that Khamenei ceded power to his son, Mojtaba Khamenei.
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was scheduled to hold a meeting with Iranian leader Khamenei on Friday [Khamenei] And President Rouhani was repulsed because of Khamenei’s health condition deteriorating, “Ahvaz wrote.
Ahwaje stated that the reason for the ill-health of the supreme leader was not known, claiming the senior Kenegin Newsweek Not able to confirm independently, but it may be due to prostate cancer. Khamenei reportedly deteriorated at night.
Political and religious leaders are reportedly moving ahead amid heightened tensions between Iran and Israel following the assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsin Fakhrizade on 27 November.
Iranian authorities blamed Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s murder and promised vengeance. The Iranian Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) warned of “severe revenge and punishment”.
The US and Israel are strong allies and the Trump administration has supported Israeli policy in the region in the past. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a major nuclear deal with Iran also increased tensions in recent years.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel two weeks before Fakhrizadeh’s death. Israel has not confirmed whether it was responsible for the killing of Fakrizadeh.
The death of the scientist and the reaction of Iranian leaders to it seems that the political divisions already in the regime had ended. In particular, instability in the IRGC is seen as a potential threat to Israel as the group attempts to pursue its own goals amid a possible political landscape.
Israel’s National Security Council warned on Friday that the country’s citizens and facilities abroad could be at risk following the killing of Fakhrizadeh and Iran’s stated intentions.
“In view of the recent threats from Iranian elements and the previous involvement of Iranian elements in terrorist attacks in various countries, there is concern that Iran will try to act in this way,” the council said in a statement. .
“It is possible that part of the current wave of Islamist terror will reach the targets identified with Israel or [with] The Jewish community went on to cite “synagogues, kosher restaurants and Jewish museums” as possible targets.
This article noted that Newsweek has not been able to independently confirm Khamenei’s transfer of power.