The story: Amid ongoing political and social tensions, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejected calls by pro-reform figures and critics for a referendum to forge a way forward. Instead, he has called for unity within Iran’s political establishment and among the public. This comes amid controversy over footage of a rare display of dissent expressed directly before Khamenei by an apparent student.
The coverage: In an Apr. 18 address to a group of students, Khamenei dismissed recent calls by critics and pro-reform figures for a referendum as a means of resolving the country's issues.
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