Political marriages in the circle of power

Hassan Khomeini became a cleric in 1993. He was appointed caretaker of the Mausoleum of Khomeini in 1995 where his grandfather and father are buried, and has had official meetings with officials such as President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. He also teaches in the holy city of Qom, and has published his first book on sects. He has been described as having “expressed frustration with some policies of a regime dominated by fundamentalists”, such as former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In an interview in February 2008, Khomeini spoke out against military interference in politics. Soon after, in what some observers believe may have been retaliation,an article in a publication tied to President Ahmadinejad accused him of corruption, “claiming that he drove a BMW, backed rich politicians and was indifferent to the suffering of the poor”.

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