The Washington Post: Iran’s Former President, Set to Play Key Role in Selecting Next Supreme Leader, Dies

Rouhani is often mentioned as a potential successor to become supreme leader once Khamenei dies. But the assumption was that Rafsanjani would be alive to help make that happen. “His chances of winning this power struggle without Rafsanjani pulling for him in the background is now reduced,” said Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council.

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