Khamenei to lead Friday prayers for first time since 2012 - Iran plane crash

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressing a meeting in Tehran, Iran, 08 January 2020

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is to lead Friday prayers in the capital Tehran the first time he has done so in eight years.
It comes in the wake of widespread angry protests over the Ukrainian passenger plane shot down by Iran's military last week.
Iran's leadership is also under pressure over a sharp downturn in the economy brought on by US sanctions.
On Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for national unity.
But in a rare sign of friction within the Iranian regime, he also called on the military to give a full account of how it shot down the plane.

    The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737- 800 was traveling to Kyiv from Tehran on 8 January when it crashed shortly after take-off. All 176 passengers on board, including dozens of Iranians and Canadians, were killed.

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