It's true to an extent: the Guardian Council selects candidates and Khamenei retains his role.
A few weeks ago, the Iranian parliament, again, of course, handpicked by Khamenei, was ready to impeach the impudent Mohallel.
Supreme Leader Khamenei and president-elect Rowhani understand what they have to do to obtain relief from sanctions.
In short, Khamenei has utterly, perhaps irreparably, damaged the office of supreme leader.
What matters now for Rowhani is whether he can get anything done within the straitjacket imposed by Khamenei.
“They emphasize Fordo because they cannot get to it,” said Khamenei.
They run the economy, own major industries, and brutalize their foes—and Khamenei almost never contradicts them.
In Tehran, Khamenei is making his own powerplay—and all of this is likely to help the clerics achieve their dubious nuclear aims.
Neither Khamenei nor President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has commented on the letter.
America's "strategic policy," Khamenei has said, "is seeking female promiscuity."