Iran elects Ebrahim Raisi as new president

TEHRAN Congratulations poured in for Ebrahim Raisi Saturday on successful Iran’s presidential election as his rivals conceded even earlier than official outcomes have been introduced. The opposite three candidates within the race all congratulated him for his victory, which had been extensively anticipated after a number of political heavyweights had been barred from working.

I congratulate the folks on their alternative,” stated outgoing reasonable President Hassan Rouhani with out naming Raisi. My official congratulations will come later, however we all know who obtained sufficient votes on this election and who’s elected right now by the folks. The opposite two candidates — Mohsen Rezai and Amirhossein Qazizadeh Hashemi — explicitly  congratulated Raisi, as did the one reformist within the race, former central financial institution governor Abdolnasser Hemmati.

Raisi received 62% of the votes counted up to now, election workplace chairman Jamal Orf stated afterward state tv because the depend continued, with no turnout figures launched but. The 60-year-old Raisi takes over from Rouhani in August as Iran seeks to salvage its tattered nuclear take care of main powers and free itself from punishing US sanctions which have pushed a pointy financial downturn.

Raisi, the top of the judiciary, is seen as near the 81-year-old supreme chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final political energy in Iran. Friday’s voting was prolonged by two hours previous the unique midnight deadline amid fears of a low turnout of 50% or much less.

Many citizens selected to remain away after the sphere of some 600 hopefuls together with 40 girls had been winnowed all the way down to seven candidates, all males, excluding an ex-president and a former parliament speaker. Three of the vetted candidates dropped out of the race two days earlier than Friday’s election, and two of them shortly threw their assist behind Raisi.

Populist former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a kind of who have been barred from working by the Guardian Council of clerics and jurists, stated he wouldn’t vote, declaring in a video message that “I don’t wish to have a component on this sin. Save the folks’ –

On election day, footage of typically flag-waving voters dominated state TV protection, however away from the polling stations some voiced anger at what they noticed as a stage-managed election aiming to cement ultraconservative management. Whether or not I vote or not, somebody has already been elected,” scoffed Tehran shopkeeper Saeed Zareie. “They organise the elections for the media.” Enthusiasm was dampened additional by spiralling inflation and job losses, and the pandemic that proved extra lethal in Iran than anyplace else within the area, killing greater than 80,000 folks by the official depend.

Dated 22-06-2021

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