Who Is Mojtaba Khamenei, Iran Supreme Leader's Son in Spotlight After Raisi's Death

Following the death of the Iranian President, Mojtaba Khamenei son of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has emerged as a key figure likely to succeed him. Despite a low public profile, Mojtaba is poised to play an important role in Iran's future leadership.
Mojtaba Khamenei, Iran Supreme Leader's Son in Spotlight After Raisi's Death

Mojtaba Khamenei could be taking over the top position in Iran

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After the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, experts have speculated that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's son, Mojtaba Khamenei, could be taking over the top position in the country. According to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a presidential election has to be held within the next 50 days.
Mojtaba does not hold an active public profile, but has been played an active role in the Office of the Supreme Leader. "The key takeaway is not really who succeeds Raisi. It's the fact that the next Supreme Leader is most likely Ali Khamenei's son, Mojtaba Khamenei. Internal pundits had believed the competition to succeed Khamenei as Supreme Leader was down to Mojtaba and Raisi. If Raisi is dead, Mojtaba becomes heir apparent." says Gabriel Noronha, former Department of State adviser on X.
Mojtaba first caught public attention during the 2005 elections. Over time, he has enhanced his network of political figures which placed him as a power broker for his father. During elections Mehdi Karroubi alleged that Khamenei had used these connections to influence the outcome in Ahmadinejad’s favor.
However, the 2009 elections took a more interesting turn as Ahmadinejad, won a much greater share of votes than expected. “Later on, the Council of Guardians found out discrepancies affecting millions of votes but claimed that those discrepancies were not significant enough to have affected the outcome. Nevertheless, the opposition accused Mojtaba Khamenei of involvement in the interference. He was believed to have orchestrated the subsequent brutal crackdown on the largely peaceful protesters. The IRGC’s intelligence wing, under the purview of the Office of the Supreme Leader, was greatly expanded at this juncture and came to rival the Ministry of Intelligence and Security”, as reported by Britannica.
After Khamenei began teaching advance courses in Qom, a media outlet associated him as an Ayatollah, a title given to the Twelver Shi?i clerics whose teachings command high respect.
The Iranian government issued a statement on Monday, expressing their sorrows at losing their president, it described the president as, “a hard-working and a tireless leader”, they further promised that there won’t be “a slightest disturbance in the administration”.
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