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Khamenei Wants Uncompromising Stance On Successor

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (file photo)

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei says that, in choosing his successor, the Assembly of Experts should remain "revolutionary" and take an uncompromising stance.

"The duty of the Assembly of Experts is to remain revolutionary, think revolutionary, and act revolutionary," Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iranian domestic media.

Khamenei made the comments on March 10 in a meeting with members of the assembly that is tasked with selecting the country's supreme leader should Khamenei die or become incapacitated.

The Iranian leader praised the relatively high turnout in the February 26 vote for the parliament and the Assembly of Experts that saw gains for the moderate allies of Iran's President Hassan Rohani.

"Elections were healthy ... exactly the opposite of what our enemies have claimed over the years," Khamenei said.

He expressed regret that two prominent hard-line clerics lost their seat in the assembly, saying that their absence is a "loss" to the body.

Khamenei also renewed his warning about alleged "infiltration" efforts by Iran's enemies.

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