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Iran Supreme Leader Makes Public Appearance Amid Ill Health Rumors

March 08, 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has made a public appearance amid rumors that he has been suffering from ill health.

State television broadcast images of Khamenei on March 8 addressing a group of environmental officials and activists at his residence in central Tehran.

The 75-year-old leader appeared to look comfortable and healthy in the footage but it was unclear when the footage was taped.

Foreign-based news websites in recent days have claimed that Khamenei had been hospitalized in critical condition.

Khamenei underwent prostate surgery in September and spent about a week in the hospital.

Khamenei, who has the final word on all matters in Iran, has been the country's top leader since 1989.

Based on reporting by AP and farsnews.com

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/iran-supreme-leader- public-appearance-khamenei/26888421.html

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