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September 18, 2009

Meetings between non-hardliner politicians, ayatollahs increase in frequency

Mir Hossein Mousavi met last night with Grand Ayatollah Mousavi-Ardebili, Ayatollah Yousef Sa’anei, and Seyyed Hossein & Seyyed Mohsen Mousavi-Tabrizi  (brothers) in Qom, according to Tabnak. Ayatollah Shahrestani, Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s right-hand man in Iran, and Ahmad Montazeri (Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri’s son whose three sons were arrested earlier this week) were also present.
Tabnak is also reporting that Ayatollah Saafi-Golpayegani and Ayatollah Noori-Hamedani met in private last night and discussed current events in Iran.
Furthermore, Tehran Bureau wrote today that Speaker of Majles Ali Larijani met with Ayatollah Makarem last night at his residence in Qom. Speaker Larijani represents Qom in Majles and has close ties to the senior clerics there; it was they who convinced him to run for office from Qom rather than a district in Tehran.
We can assume the increased pressure on the various ayatollah and grand ayatollahs (not to mention their families) were discussed, as part of the greater conversation regarding the direction the hard-liners are attempting to move the country in.

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