Supreme leader paves way for hardline protégé

Iranian hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi assumed two critical government posts over the past week, putting the protégé of 79-year-old Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on the path to succession for the nation’s highest office. Khamenei on March 7 elevated Raisi to the position of chief justice, demoting the current chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani. Then, on Tuesday, Raisi was elected deputy chief […]