Iran’s Khamenei appears in pubis after reports of poor health | New

The appearance of Iran’s supreme leader comes after unconfirmed reports that the 83-year-old is “seriously ill”.

Tehran, Iran – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei made his first public appearance on Saturday after reports of poor health over the past week.

Dressed in black and wearing a mask as he has done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Khamenei took part in a mourning event to mark Arbaeen’s Shia religious observance.

The annual ceremony with the participation of the supreme leader is held with representatives of student groups, but had been canceled for the past two years due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Footage posted by Khamenei’s website showed the supreme leader walking, waving to the crowds and sitting down to observe the mourning ceremony.

His appearance comes after several unconfirmed reports that the 83-year-old leader fell “seriously ill”.

The New York Times on Friday evening, citing four unnamed sources, reported that Khamenei’s health deteriorated last week when he began experiencing severe stomach pains, which led to him suffering a surgery for bowel obstruction.

This too reported he was too weak to even sit down and canceled all public meetings.

The Iranian government or state media rarely comment on details of Khamenei’s health and have also been silent on the reports.

The only news in local media was a denial that Khamenei had canceled a meeting with the Assembly of Experts earlier this month, and claims to have attended an event last week with athletes and veterans of the sport.

No images or footage of this reported meeting have been released, but a few athletes attested to the gathering on social media.

Reports regarding Khamenei’s health and false claims about his death have repeatedly made headlines in recent years.

Khamenei, who has been Iran’s supreme leader since 1989, underwent successful prostate cancer surgery in 2014.

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