A day after reports circulated of his deteriorating health, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was seen attending an event at a mosque in Tehran on Saturday, according to photos and a video posted on the websites. of the Iranian government and in the state media.
One photo showed Ayatollah Khamenei wearing a mask and greeting the crowd present at the ceremony, which marked the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein. Other photos showed him sitting in a chair on the right side of the room, holding prayer beads and looking at the imam delivering the sermon.
In a 12-minute video, the ayatollah was seen listening and interacting during the event, where Shia worshipers gather to mark the end of a 40-day period of mourning commemorating the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in the 20th century. VII.
A video in state media showed Khamenei addressing the crowd at the event.
The New York Times said on Friday that Khamenei canceled all public appearances last week after becoming “gravely ill” and under observation by a team of doctors.
Citing four anonymous people familiar with his health situation, the Times reported that Khamenei is on bed rest after undergoing surgery last week for intestinal obstruction.
Photos posted to various media outlets in Iran indicate that the 83-year-old ayatollah was physically able to appear in public at the event. O
Ayatollah Khamenei has been the leader of Iran for the past three decades and is one of the oldest rulers in the Middle East. It is not yet clear who could succeed the leader, but it is expected that in the event of his death, the Assembly of Experts will meet to discuss his success.
Source: CNN Brasil