TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, a distinguished hard-liner and supporter of the nation’s ex-president, died on Friday, the state-run IRNA information company reported. He was 85.
The cleric was referred to as a backer of former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who questioned the Holocaust and claimed there have been no gays or lesbians in Iran. Ahmadinejad was succeeded in 2013 by Hassan Rouhani, a relative reasonable.
The report stated Yazdi had lately been in hospital for a month because of an unspecified gastrointestinal sickness however was then launched to proceed remedy at dwelling within the Iranian holy metropolis of Qom, which is dwelling to main Shiite seminaries. A couple of days in the past, he took a flip for the more serious and was transferred to a hospital within the capital, Tehran, IRNA stated.
No additional particulars have been supplied.
He was additionally a senior member of the nation’s Meeting of Specialists, an all-clerical physique that may sometime select the successor to the Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Funeral preparations weren’t instantly recognized. Most Iranian clerics are buried in Qom.
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