When the Mullahs Are Gone

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, an influential Iranian politician who over the course of his career held just about every major political post the Islamic Republic had to offer, with the exception of the Supreme Leadership, passed away on January 8. For a short time, the Iranian leadership considered holding his funeral in Mashhad to insulate Tehran from those who might use Rafsanjani’s funeral to protest against the regime. In the end, though, they buried the former president in Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s tomb, on the along the highway south of Tehran. There were some protests, although the massive Iranian security force presence largely shut these down.

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When the Mullahs Are Gone

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