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Old December 20th, 2009, 01:22 PM
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"Montazeri, who branded Iran's disputed election in June fraudulent, was
an architect of the 1979 Islamic revolution who fell out with the present
clerical leadership and spent five years under house arrest until 2002".

Iran's top dissident cleric Montazeri dies

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"Iran's senior dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, has died, official media reported on today. He was 87.

Montazeri, who branded Iran's disputed election in June fraudulent, was an architect of the 1979 Islamic revolution who fell out with the present clerical leadership and spent five years under house arrest until 2002.

He had been named to succeed late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as Iran's supreme leader, but quarrelled with him in 1989 over the mass execution of prisoners. Instead, the current supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, succeeded Khomeini after he died later the same year.

"Hossein Ali Montazeri passed away in his home last night," the official IRNA news agency said in a report that did not mention his title.

He lived in the holy Shi'ite Muslim city of Qom, south of Tehran, and was one of the Islamic Republic's most senior clerics."
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BBC's article on his passing: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8423319.stm

It seems his funeral may serve as a focal point for further dissident unrest.
It shall be interesting to see how the current regime handles it.
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