Sadr has been an indispensable political player since the US invasion of Iraq. Experts say he was in a dilemma about whether to be a cleric or a politician.
Iran's Guardian Council seems to have all but snuffed out any moderate or reformist competition ahead of June's election.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s unorthodox views towards Iran’s military establishment angers the supreme leader, deepening moderate-hardliner infighting as June elections approach.
Confrontation comes amid talks in Vienna between Iran and major powers on the mechanics of a US return to a landmark 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by then-president Donald Trump.
Speculation about the health of Iran’s Supreme Leader have thrown a spotlight on what - and who - comes next for the Islamic republic.
Tehran maintains its ‘policy doesn’t change with presidents’ and will drive a tougher bargain with US President-elect Joe Biden before resuming talks over its nuclear program.
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