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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has transferred his powers to his son as considerations about his failing health have mounted and the nation faces elevated tensions with Israel and U.S. Iranian journalist Mohamad Ahwaze reported the main political transfer on Twitter, citing sources within the nation.
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was scheduled to meet on Friday with the Iranian Leader Khamenei, this meeting between [Khamenei] and President Rouhani was canceled due to the deterioration of Khamenei’s health condition,” Ahwaze wrote.
The political and spiritual leader is reportedly stepping down amid elevated tensions between Iran and Israel following the killing of high Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on November 27.