Ibrahim Raisi, a 70-year-old conservative leader, has been elected president of Iran. Today, the country’s interior ministry announced his name as the newly elected president.
According to Qatar-based Al Jazeera, Iran’s Interior Ministry said Raisi had been elected president with 61.95 percent of the vote. He received 2 crores 69 lakh 33 thousand 4 votes. His nearest rival Mohsin Rezai got 34 lakh, 12 thousand 612 votes. Besides, Abdul Naser Hemati in the third position got 24 lakh 26 thousand 201 votes and Amir Hashemi in the fourth position got 9 lakh 99 thousand 817 votes.
Iran is expected to have the lowest turnout in the presidential election since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. This fear has come true. This time only 48.6 percent of the votes were cast. Besides, more than 36 lakh votes have been canceled in this election. Never before have so many votes been canceled in an election.
In the Rice election campaign, he has presented himself to the electorate as a staunch opponent of ‘corruption, incompetence and the elite’. He will take over from incumbent President Hassan Rouhani in August. According to Iran’s constitution, Rouhani could not run for a third term because it was illegal for him to serve more than two terms.
Critics have previously questioned the election, declaring strong rivals disqualified. But in the eyes of Raisi’s supporters, he is the only hope for standing up to the West and overcoming deep economic problems.
Rice has served as head of the judiciary to prosecute corrupt officials. He has also brought the issue to the fore in the election campaign. He has promised to continue fighting corruption in the election campaign. He also promised to build 4 million houses for low-income people. His big promise is to establish a people’s government to build a strong Iran.
In the eyes of many Iranian media, Raisi is seen as the successor to the country’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini. Khomeini will turn 72 next month. Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Raisi as head of Iran’s judiciary in 2019.
Discussions are underway on what will happen to the six-nation nuclear deal with Iran after Rice is elected president. In 2015, Iran signed a nuclear deal with six world powers. But when then-US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal in 2016, Raisio, like other extremists, criticized the Rouhani camp. At the time, Trump’s United States also imposed nuclear and economic sanctions on Iran. But like other politicians, Raisi has backed efforts to restore the nuclear deal to free Iran from its economic woes.
Raisi was born in 1960 in the city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran. At the age of 20, he became the Prosecutor General of Karaj. In 1976, he was the Deputy Prosecutor of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. His name was associated with the genocide of Marxists and other leftists at that time. Raisi, who has decades of experience in the judiciary, served as Tehran’s prosecutor-general from 1989 to 1994, deputy chief of the judicial authority until 2004, and national prosecutor general until 2014.