Iran Starts Process of Looking for Next Supreme Leader

DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iranian committee is examining potential candidates to be the next supreme leader, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Sunday, breaking a taboo of talking publicly about succession in the Islamic Republic.

Even after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 75, had surgery for prostate cancer last year, public discussion over who would succeed him never gained momentum in official circles because of the risk of being seen to undermine Iran’s most powerful figure. Continue reading