Iranian leader appears in public after canceling engagement due to illness

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Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared in public on Saturday at a religious ceremony and delivered a speech after canceling other appointments due to health reasons.

On Saturday, Khamenei spoke at the Imam Khomeini Hussainiyah hall near his home at a ceremony for Arbaeen, a Shia religious practice commemorating 40 days on the anniversary of the death of the third Shia Imam Hussain Ibn Ali. According to an English translation of the speech on Khamenei’s website, the turnout was limited.

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“This is due to the existence of the pandemic, the coronavirus and the like, as well as the restrictions that exist,” Khamenei said, adding that he sends his greetings “to everyone who has shown their kindness to me and their greetings.” to me from afar.”

The New York Times reported Friday that Khamenei had canceled all of his public appearances and meetings from the previous week. The report said Khamenei was “seriously ill” and “on bed rest” while doctors monitored his condition.

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A source told the Times that the Iranian leader had suffered from abdominal pain and fever before undergoing surgery for a bowel obstruction. He was reportedly in critical condition but improved.

Khamenei, 83, fell ill from a visit to a shrine in the city of Mashhad not long after returning to Tehran. The Times reported that he told those with him on the trip that it could be his last visit there.

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One of the meetings Khamenei reportedly canceled was one with the Assembly of Experts, the panel that will designate his successor.