Jockeying for Position

A fierce power struggle is now under way among the men who run Iran. The mullahs, or Shi'ite holy men, and their nonclerical allies are preparing for the era after the death of Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini, who is 86 and reportedly ailing. They are battling over such issues as relations with the West and the continuation of the war against Iraq. The major players:

Ayatullah Hussein Ali Montazeri, 64. One of Iran's most revered holy men, Montazeri has ties to Khomeini that go back more than 40 years, to the time when Montazeri was a student of the revolutionary cleric in...

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