Nov. 28, 2022

Is Khamenei looking to abolish Iran’s presidential elections?


The story: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has dismissed the idea of making compromises to calm the ongoing protests in Iran. This comes amid reports that Khamenei has ignored suggestions for de-escalatory measures by Reformist former president Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005). Meanwhile, several prominent political figures have once again floated the idea of doing away with the presidency and instead establishing a parliamentary system—a move that Khamenei has expressed openness to in the past.

The coverage: After more than two months of protests, Khamenei on Nov. 26 dismissed calls in Iranian media to "listen to the people," referring to protesters.

  • In a televised speech, the supreme leader said "the thunderous voice of the nation was heard" at state-organized rallies on Nov. 4. The date marks the anniversary of the 1979 storming of the US embassy in Tehran.

  • Khamenei said the masses that attended the funeral of former Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed...

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