Ahmadinejad angers much of parliament

TEHRAN, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A decision by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to nominate diplomats to the region violates the letter of the law, lawmakers said.

Opposition figure challenges Khamenei

TEHRAN, July 20 (UPI) -- The supreme leader of Iran must answer for his stance on the Iranian prison system, a former aide to Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi said.
Iran stands up to U.S. 'bullying'

Iran stands up to U.S. 'bullying'

TEHRAN, July 15 (UPI) -- Tehran leads the drive in standing up to the harassment of the United States, the supreme leader of Iran told members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Threats don't bring unity, Karroubi says

TEHRAN, June 29 (UPI) -- Unity among the people of Iran can't be secured through intimidating messages, Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi said.

Iran bent on power, Khamenei says

BUSHEHR, Iran, June 28 (UPI) -- The Islamic republic should be wary of attempts to push Iran from its path toward real strength, the supreme leader of Iran said.

Khamenei calls for unity in Iran

TEHRAN, June 23 (UPI) -- The most pressing issue facing the Islamic republic is the need for national solidarity, the supreme leader told university leaders Wednesday in Tehran.
Israel a 'cancerous tumor,' Iran says

Israel a 'cancerous tumor,' Iran says

TEHRAN, June 4 (UPI) -- The supreme leader of Iran described Israel as a "cancerous tumor" during Friday prayer celebrations honoring the late Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Supreme leader takes swipe at Israel

TEHRAN, March 4 (UPI) -- The supreme leader of Iran marked the occasion of the birthday of the Islam Prophet Mohammad to lash out Thursday at Iran's sworn enemy Israel.

Khamenei calls for Iranian solidarity

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Iranians must stand together on the Feb. 11 anniversary of the Islamic Revolution to show the world the Islamic republic is united, the supreme leader said.
Iran, Syria to redefine region

Iran, Syria to redefine region

TEHRAN, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The Syrian speaker of Parliament met with the supreme leader of Iran in Tehran to discuss bilateral diplomatic concerns in the region.

Jet ready to fly Iran's Khamenei to Russia

TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- An Iranian security council ordered a checkup of the jet standing ready to fly Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to Russia should the country reach a breaking point.

Iranian cleric reacts to Khomeini scandal

TEHRAN, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- An opposition cleric in Iran said the government was disrespecting the Islamic republic by exploiting the vandalism of pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini.

Portrait vandals spark outrage in Iran

TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Iranian lawmakers clamped down on the opposition following uproar over the vandalism of pictures of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei during street protests.

Khamenei: Reformers burnt Khomeini image

TEHRAN, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader Sunday blamed reformists and anti-government forces for defiling a picture of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Khamenei last supreme leader of Iran?

Khamenei last supreme leader of Iran?

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Concern over political corruption in the office of Iran's supreme leader suggests Ali Khamenei may be the last person to hold the position, an analyst said.
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Ali Khamenei
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to those gathered during Friday prayer on February 13, 2004, in Tehran, Iran. There is only one week before Iran's Parliament Election..(UPI Photo/Ali Khaligh)

Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’i (Persian: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای, Azerbaijani: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای - Seyyid Əli Xameneyi, pronounced  ( listen); born 17 July 1939), is an Iranian politician as the figurative head of the Muslim conservative establishment in Iran and Twelver Shi'a marja. In 2010, Forbes selected him 26th in the list of 'World's Most Powerful People'.

He was president of Iran from 1981 to 1989, and has been Supreme Leader of Iran since June 1989 when the Assembly of Experts appointed him to succeed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. He has been described as one of only three people having "important influences" on the Islamic Republic of Iran (the other two being the founder of the republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and the president of Iran for much of the 1990s, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani). So far, the biggest challenge to his leadership has been the mass protests following the June 2009 presidential elections. Khamenei, however, continued to strongly support Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies and re-election. Khamenei was the victim of an attack aimed to assassinate him in June 1981 which paralyzed his right arm.

The origin of Ali Khamenei family is from Tafresh in today Markazi province .the ancestors of Ali Khamenei had migrated from their original home in Tafresh to Tabriz.Born in Mashhad, he is second eldest of eight children, and two of his brothers are also clerics. His younger brother, Hadi Khamenei, is a notable newspaper editor and cleric. Ali Khamenei is half Iranian Azeri and his mother is a Yazd-native

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