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article imageRumours abound that Iran's Khamenei is chronically ill

By Paul Iddon     Oct 31, 2013 in Politics
Iran's autocrat the Ayatollah Khamenei may be suffering a chronic illness. He has not made any public appearances for at least three weeks now.
The Washington Times sums up the speculation by quoting an Iranian journalist Hossein Rostami who has urged supporters of the Ayatollah to "pray deeply for" the 74-year-old man.
He has been the ultimate authority in Iran since 1989.
As The Times of Israel points out this important development comes as representatives from Iran and the P5+1 negotiations group meet in Vienna to continue nuclear talks.
This comes as Iran's most important man may be close to his deathbed. As all these reports point out he has not been seen in public for three weeks now.
Mr. Khamenei didn't give his customary goodwill wish to Iranian Muslims going on ham pilgrimage to Mecca two weeks ago.
Furthermore he didn't address devout Shiites on the important religious holiday of Ghadeer just last week.
The Australian cites Iranian sources who say that the Supreme Leader collapsed during a recent private meeting and has been receiving treatment.
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