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A leading Iranian cleric appeared to indirectly criticize the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's declaration of the "absolute power" of the government in certain areas. The official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri as calling on the 12-member Council of Guardians of the Constitution to "safeguard the constitution and the system." Montazeri, the probable successor to Khomeini, made the remarks two weeks after the Iranian leader said the government may legislate without conferring with Parliament.

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