Only days before Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani is slated to take his elected position, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued yet another edict against Iranians of the Baha’i faith, according to the AP:

Iran’s supreme leader is urging Iranians to avoid all dealings with members of the banned Baha’i sect in a possible prelude to further crackdowns on the minority.

Iran already bans the Baha’i, a religion founded in the 1860s by a Persian nobleman considered a prophet by followers. Muslims consider Muhammad the final prophet.

The fatwa, or religious edict, by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is his latest against the group. It supports similar fatwas in the past by other clerics.

An Iranian news website, Tasnim, reported Wednesday that Khamenei called the Baha’i “deviant and misleading.”

The timing of Khamenei’s latest attack on Baha’i rights is certainly suspect. As mainstream media has heralded Rouhani’s impending presidency as a harbinger of change in Iran, Khamenei may use this moment as a way to reassert his power as “Supreme Leader”. The message is clear: if anything is going to change after Rouhani takes his place as president, it’s not going to be much better than the status quo. At least, not for Baha’is, who may have to tread more carefully this week. If anything at all, this latest development, while more of the same, is likely a precursor to further arrests.