The hardliner cleric, who has openly backed the regime throughout the post-election turmoil, has reportedly resigned from his senior post in the Assembly of Experts, citing health reasons through a statement made by his son. (Yazdi also has a seat on the Guardian Council.)
If Rafsanjani is indeed working something out behind the scenes of the Assembly, it would not be surprising if this development is at least somewhat related.
Clarification: This development should be read vis-a-vis Rafsanjani's reign over the Assembly of Experts only, and not as Yazdi's marginalization within the IRI.
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