Iranian reformist activist and journalist Mojtaba Vahedi talks about recent political moves in Iran, seeing them all as reactions to the imminent death of Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei.
TV anchor: 11 months after the death of Hashemi Rafsanjani, all of a sudden Faezeh Hasheim and her uncle Mohammad Hashemi raised this issue [murder of Hashemi Rafsanjani].
Mojtaba Vahedi: It is because many incidents have taken place in past months which had never happened before. The behavior of Ahmadinejad, the behavior of some reformists, the behavior of Mr. Rouhani and people close to him – they all show that a particular incident is happening in the country and everybody is trying to keep his own head above the water. And that incident, in my opinion, is the likelihood of Mr. Khamenei’s death. It means that what is happening is not just confined to Faezeh and Mohammad Hashemi who are now making new remarks about the probable murder of late Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Others’ behaviors – from that of Ahmadinejad to some reformists to Hassan Khomeini approaching Ghalibaf, who is close to Brigadier-General Qassem Soleimani – when we put all these together, then it seems that something bigger than a usual political incident is happening in the country. Ahmadinejad, too, in his recent interview, pointed out that there might be an election next year which wouldn’t have anything with people. It seems that he is talking about the election by Assembly of Experts [that elects the next leader Iran]. I think that what has made many people take new positions – and in some cases, radical positions or reaching agreements behind the curtain – cannot be anything but the imminent death of Khamenei.