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05/03/10

Iran's 'Sedition Leader' Meets His Accusers

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

Iran's Mehr News Agency has posted photographs of opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi at the May 1 funeral of the father of Iranian Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini.


Cleric and leading reformist Mehdi Karoubi with Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini

It must have been an awkward situation: Opposition leader and reformist cleric Karoubi greeting and exchanging small talk with some of the very officials who have so recently described him as "one of the leaders of sedition."


Karoubi shakes hand with Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

In the photographs, Karoubi is seen shaking hands and smiling with the culture minister, parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, and President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's first deputy, Mohammad Reza Rahimi.

Death sometimes brings together even those who are fiercely opposed to one another.


Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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