Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi wins Iran presidency

On June 19, Iranian ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi has been named as the winner of the country’s presidential election. In August, he will take over from outgoing moderate Hassan Rouhani.

The cleric refers to himself as an austere as well as pious figure, fighting against corruption and championing for the betterment of the poor.

According to the critics, the election was skewed in his favour since major rivals were not qualified. To Ebrahim’s supporters, he is the country’s best hope as he stood up to the West and brought relief from a painful economic crisis.

As head of the judiciary, the winner of the election has driven a popular campaign to persecute the officials that are corrupt.

During the election campaign, he pledged to continue the fight on graft, build four million new homes for low-income families and form “a government of the people for a strong Iran.”

He is viewed as a possible successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by many Iranian media outlets.

The cleric’s black turban denotes descent from Prophet Mohammed and holds the title of ‘hojatoleslam’ which literally means ‘proof of Islam’, just a rank below to Ayatollah in the Shiite clerical hierarchy.

He had mercilessly criticized Rouhani’s camp after the 2015 nuclear deal was sunk by ex-President of US, Donald Trump, who reimposed severe sanctions.

The Trump administration had sanctioned him in the year 2019. They citied his role in a deadly crackdown a decade earlier on the alleged vote fraud by protesters.

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