Khamenei accepts resignation of top cleric

Tehran, July 12: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appealed to the people for calm Friday after accepting the shock resignation of prominent prayer leader in the central city of Isfahan, Ayatollah Jalaledin Taheri.

Tehran, July 12: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appealed to the people for calm Friday after accepting the shock resignation of prominent prayer leader in the central city of Isfahan, Ayatollah Jalaledin Taheri.

"Without doubt, one of the objectives of our enemies is to provoke clashes among the population, which is why I ask the population in Isfahan to maintain their calm and avoid any slogans during the Friday prayer ceremony," Khamenei said in a letter to Taheri.

The letter carried on state radio shortly before the weekly prayers nation-wide also said Khamenei had not been expecting Taheri's resignation Tuesday, which came with a fiery attack against the Islamic regime and the "chaotic situation" in the country.

Taheri's unprecedented criticism of the regime sent shockwaves across the country this week, leading to further dissension among the nation's ruling Shiite clergy.

Bureau Report

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