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Iranian state television reports that the country’s top leader has appointed a new hard-core ally to head the state-owned broadcaster.

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian state television reports that the country’s top leader has appointed a new hard-line ally to head the state-owned broadcasting company.

Wednesday’s report says Peyman Jebeli replaced Abdolali Ali Asgari, who has completed a five-year term. The change comes on the orders of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters.

Jebeli, 55, has a long history in the public broadcasting company and was deputy political director there. He had also worked as deputy media secretary at the country’s Supreme National Security Council.

In recent years, the editorial line of the public broadcaster has already been close to hard-line supporters who oppose moderate former president Hassan Rouhani, who struck a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2015.

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