According to the Iranian opposition, the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, is forced to transfer part of the powers to his son Mojtaba Khamenei. The reason for this is the sharp deterioration in the health of the Iranian leader.
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was supposed to meet on Friday with the Iranian leader Khamenei, this meeting between them was canceled due to the deteriorating health of Khamenei,” Iranian journalist Momahad Ahvaze quoted Newsweek as saying.
Officially, the Ayatollah's health problems are not named, however, there are suggestions that Khamenei suffers from prostate cancer.
Khamenei's retirement comes amid the assassination of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fahrizadeh, whose death has led to a fierce controversy between pragmatists and conservatives. It was Khamenei who had to make the final decision on Iran's retaliatory measures.
The son of the Ayatollah is considered a possible successor: it is known that Mojtaba Khamenei has concentrated considerable power in his hands and completely controls access to his father. At the same time, the official opinion on this matter has not yet been expressed anywhere.
Israeli expert Raz Tsimt in an interview with The Jerusalem Post said that one of the most possible candidates for the post of Supreme Ruler of Iran is the head of the Iranian judiciary, Ibrahim Raisi, who ran for the presidency in 2017. According to the Israeli Iranian scholar, it was Raisi who would like to see Ayatollah Khamenei as his successor.