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Senior Iranian cleric calls system a dictatorship

Senior Iranian cleric calls system a dictatorship

Iran's most senior dissident cleric has criticized the ruling system under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a dictatorship in the name of Islam.
Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri's comments are significant because although criticism of ruling figures has increased following the disputed June presidential election, public attacks against Khamenei are rare.
Montazeri says in a statement posted on his Web site Wednesday that a mass trial of more than 100 political activists and election protesters charged with trying to topple Iran's ruling system has "ridiculed Islamic justice."
Montazeri was once tapped to become Iran's supreme leader, but was passed over because of his criticism of the excesses of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


Updated : 2021-07-24 08:23 GMT+08:00