Uncompromising Raisi approved as Iran’s new president by Supreme Leader

Ebrahim Raisi, former head of the Iranian judiciary and supporter of the conservative hard line, was approved Tuesday as the country’s new president by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

After his landslide victory in the June presidential election, Raisi was officially confirmed at a ceremony in Tehran as the new president of Iran, which has had strained relations with the international community, including the United States. United, on issues such as nuclear development.

Ebrahim Raisi speaks at his first post-election press conference in Tehran on June 21, 2021. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

The anti-American Muslim cleric, the first hard-line conservative to come to power in eight years, replaced the relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani who had advocated constructive cooperation with the international community.

The Rouhani administration struck a deal in 2015 with six major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – agreeing to limit Iran’s nuclear activities in return. a reduction in sanctions.

The agreement initially had a positive impact on the economy. But in 2018, after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal, subsequent U.S. sanctions caused prices to rise, the currency to fall, and high unemployment in Iran.

Raisi pledged to fight poverty and said he would continue indirect talks with the United States on reviving the nuclear deal while calling for the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

But it is seen that Raisi will not make any major compromises in the indirect talks with the United States, which could intensify the confrontation between the two countries.

In addition to sanctions that have hurt Iran’s economy, the country is grappling with an upsurge in coronavirus infections and other issues such as water scarcity in times of drought, which have exacerbated public discontent.

Raisi will be sworn in as speaker of parliament on Thursday and form his cabinet in mid-August.

Current Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who led Iran’s talks with the six great powers when the 2015 deal was struck, should be replaced by a hard-line conservative, sources close to him folder.

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