Amid Iran Protests, a Powerful Leader Emerges From the Shadows

As Iranians take to the streets to protest the country’s strict Muslim dress code, they have chanted for the death of a man who once held power in secret and now enjoys a rising public profile – Mojtaba Khamenei, son of the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic.

Mr. Khamenei, 53 years old, has no official position in the government. But U.S. and Iranian officials have said he is responsible for his father’s business empire and has influence in appointing and sometimes overseeing key sections of Iran’s security apparatus, which has returned to power following violent clashes between police and protesters over Mahsa’s death Amini, who died in police custody for allegedly violating decent dress laws, was scrutinized.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amid-iran-protests-a-powerful-leader-emerges-from-the-shadows-11664105423 Amid Iran Protests, a Powerful Leader Emerges From the Shadows

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