The Larijanis’ father was Grand Ayatollah Hashem Amoli, a leading Shi’a scholar who died in 1993. This paternal connection provides the Larijanis with strong ties to religious leaders in the holy city of Qom. [...] The Larijani faction’s relations with another pivotal player in the political crisis, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, are not clear. If they joined forces, they might well have enough influence to tip the balance in the political crisis.
By standing apart, the Larijani faction may be aiming to play a kingmaker role. It may end up being a case of as the Larijanis go, so goes the political crisis."