Will Iran's 'Kennedys' Challenge Ahmadinejad?

The Larijani brothers occupy key positions in Tehran, and their relations with the President have been strained. But their attitude to his government will be based on the calculations of power

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As turmoil spreads, the Supreme Leader taps one family to step in.

The brothers Larijani — often referred to as the Kennedys of Iran — are emerging as a powerful counterweight to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from within the conservative camp. And unlike other Ahmadinejad rivals, the Larijanis are fully endorsed by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei.

The Aug. 15 appointment of Sadegh Larijani as head of Iran's judiciary puts Larijanis in control of two out of the three branches of Iran's government. Older brother Ali Larijani is speaker of parliament.

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