July 22, 2009

SKIPPING OUT:

Grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini 'leaves Iran to avoid presidential inauguration' (Robert Tait, 7/21/09, guardian.co.uk)

The grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, father of Iran's Islamic revolution, is reported to have left the country to avoid attending Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidential inauguration.

Hassan Khomeini, a supporter of the defeated reformist candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has travelled to an unnamed "neighbouring country" to escape official pressure to be present at next month's swearing-in ceremony, according to the pro-reformist news website, Salaamnews.

His absence would be a blow to the authorities' hopes of using the hallowed Khomeini family name to confer legitimacy on the event in the face of allegations that Ahmadinejad owes his re-election to fraud.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 22, 2009 5:01 PM
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