Iran's leading grand cleric dies

14:05, December 21, 2009      

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Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, a leading clerical figure, passed away at his home in Iran's holy city of Qom, the local English language satellite Press TV reported on Sunday.

Montazeri, 87-year-old, passed away due to cardiac arrest earlier Sunday morning, said his son Ahmad Montazeri.

Montazeri was one of the leaders of the Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979. He is well-known as the one-time designated successor to the Revolution's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Roohallah Khomeini and fell out with him in 1989 over government policies.

Montazeri lived later years of his life in Qom, and remained politically dissident and influential in Iran, especially upon reformist politics.

The semi-official Fars News Agency reported that Montazeri supporters gathered at his office Sunday morning after hearing the news. He will be buried on Monday,

On Sunday afternoon, thousands of supporters of leading cleric Montazeri were travelling to attend his funeral on Monday in the Shi'ite holy city of Qom, local official IRNA news agency reported.

Source: Xinhua
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