Iran’s parliament speaker moves to position himself as Rouhani’s successor

Al-Monitor | : Will Iranian Reformists decide to once again support a moderate-conservative as their candidate in the 2021 presidential elections?

This is a question that has come to occupy the minds of observers as a rare scene in a ceremony captured the attention of Iranian media outlets, leading Reformists to think more about their choices when President Hassan Rouhani’s second term ends.

On Sept. 22, moderate parliament Speaker Ali Larijani was seen sitting next to former Reformist President Mohammad Khatami, who is under a media ban, and talking with him seriously — a scene that did not slip through the fingers of photographers and was captured and then released to the media.

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