Rouhani’s Path to Becoming Supreme Leader

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad
29th August 2018 - Quoted by Alex Vatanka in Foreign Policy

On Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani appeared in front of Iran’s parliament to defend his government’s economic record. He faced a tough crowd. The body had already removed his economy minister, Masoud Karbasian, on Sunday. And before that, it had canned his labor minister, Ali Rabiei. Both were ousted on charges amounting to incompetence.

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But the elected president is not at the heart of Iran’s graft problem; that honor goes to the unelected supreme leader. Khamenei oversees a vast network of economic interests, including, according to Mark Dubowitz and Saeed Ghasseminejad writing for the Wall Street Journal, the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order, the Mostazafan Foundation, and the Astan Quds Razavi, which together are worth about $200 billion and touch almost every corner of the Iranian economy.

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