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18. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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"Unconfirmed reports" that Khamenei has died around on Twitter amongst various Middle East policy wonks.

By today, it should've been reported by a more reputable source.

 

This seems like something DDT could add to his list above...

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Unconfirmed reports from Iran that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had died. 

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Next year's list if he makes it.

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So far, it's only rumours and re-tweeting.

But Iran has had big problems with COVID. It's a real wonder hardly any clerics have died.

I could imagine a single case in the inner circle could lead to total mayhem - not directly because of infections, but because of necessary quarantine or isolation.

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Wasn't there some talk about how the use of mustard gas by Iraq in the 80s war may have led to an entire generation of Iranian leaders with massive respiratory issues, hence why so many of them are dropping dead of COVID?

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Actually Khamenei is a longtime prostate cancer sufferer or so it seems. COVID only killed one or two minor Ayatollahs, the oldest and frailest (Golpayagani, Khorasani) are well isolated and protected.

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Reputable Italian journal Repubblica denies he is ill or has stepped down, citing Iranian sources with "direct knowledge".

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So he's on this year's list, and yet it says he's only appeared once instead of twice. Weird.

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Obviously an attractive pick. I can't quite bring myself to approve of it though. A repeat of Pervez Musharraf maybe?

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I like it.  Getting Daniel Arap Moi vibes with this one, like he could be dead before the end of winter.  

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Never knew the committee were Simpsons fans

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On 11/12/2020 at 12:08, RoverAndOut said:

Just doing some scouting and even the BBC is picking up on the rumours around the Ayatollah's health and giving a heads up on what happens next when he dies. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-55257059 Surely there must be something going on, even if he's not immediately at death's door.

 

That was enough for me; if the BBC are running with that sort of commentary with their exceptional sources, you'd assume it's a strong signal they think he's not got long left.

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5 minutes ago, NotTheNagsHeadReading said:

That was enough for me; if the BBC are running with that sort of commentary with their exceptional sources, you'd assume it's a strong signal they think he's not got long left.

 

So, having posted that, guess who didn't include him on his 2021 predicted list... :facepalm:

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6 minutes ago, RoverAndOut said:

 

So, having posted that, guess who didn't include him on his 2021 predicted list... :facepalm:

 

To be fair I omitted him from DDP,  just to get the average age down a bit. Got him in my Shadow 50 though!

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Has he threatened a fatwa yet for finding he is on this site and list?

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Much like with the Queen, I can say with absolute certainty that he will be alive and OK on January 1st, 2022.

 

Sure, you never know, but I will be proven right in about 11 months.

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