Opposition figure voices rare criticism of Iran’s supreme leader
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Opposition figure voices rare criticism of Iran’s supreme leader

Mahdi Karroubi says Ayatollah Khamenei violating the constitution, urges him to order the Revolutionary Guards to loosen grip on the economy

Mehdi Karroubi lecturing in Zanjan University in Iran, 2009. (Wikipedia/Mardetanha/CC BY-SA 3.0)
Mehdi Karroubi lecturing in Zanjan University in Iran, 2009. (Wikipedia/Mardetanha/CC BY-SA 3.0)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Iranian opposition figure under house arrest has voiced rare criticism of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blaming him for the “disastrous results” of the Revolutionary Guard’s vast political and economic influence.

In a rare letter published Tuesday, Mahdi Karroubi says Khamenei violated the constitution, and called on him to order the Guard to loosen its grip on the economy.

The letter was published on a website affiliated with Karroubi.

Pro-government demonstrators hold a poster of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and shout slogans of support during a march after the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in Tehran on January 5, 2018. (AFP Photo/Atta Kenare)

Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi both lost in the 2009 presidential election, which sparked mass protests and allegations of vote-rigging. They were placed under house arrest two years later.

Under Iran’s political system, Khamenei is considered the representative of God on earth, with the final say on all major policies. Iranians can go to jail for publicly criticizing him.

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