Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Is Ibrahim Raisi The Next Supreme Leader Of Iran?

Ebrahim Raisi. Iran Project

Ray Takeyh, Washington Post: Iran’s likely next supreme leader is no friend of the West

It is often suggested that the most consequential barrier to Iranian pragmatism is Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Once the elderly Khamenei passes from the scene, the argument goes, his successors will embrace prevailing international norms. The sunsetting restrictions of the nuclear deal need not be of concern, for a revamped Islamist regime will find global integration too tempting to discard for the sake of nuclear arms. The only problem with such expectations is that the candidate Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards are grooming to ascend to the post of supreme leader is one of the most reactionary members of Iran’s ruling elite. Ibrahim Raisi, Iran’s probable next supreme leader, could be the only person in the Islamic Republic who could cause people to miss Khamenei.

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WNU Editor: Who knows how this process (selecting a Supreme leader) really works in Iran. But if he becomes the choice of replacing Khamenei .... things are going to get very interesting.

5 comments:

Aizino Smith said...

Picking Raisi will lead tono good.

It will break the pattern

Khomenei
Khamenei
etc.

So the next one should be

Khimenei or Khemenei or Khumenei

Jay Farquharson said...

Unfortunately, the US's next choices are Hillary or Donald.

Not Osama, Oswald, Oliver, Ollie, Osian, Ophlla, or Olivia.

Jac said...

Well, at least, there is not a big change.

James said...

The hard line clerics with their IRG backers now are in control. This was just told to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by Khamaini

B.Poster said...

At least with Donald there is a possibility of improved relations with Russia. It seems that Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin respect each other and Mt. Trump has selected team members who have good relations with Russian leaders which would likely help to facilitate constructive negotiations. Perhaps Mr. Trump may not be such a bad choice after all.