Iran General Elections 2021: Ebrahim Raisi Is all set to become the new President of Iran. According to reports, he has got more than 60 per cent of the vote. The total turnout Is yet to be released, but media sources said that less than 50 per cent of people have voted for Raisi in the 2021 General Elections. Meanwhile, Iran’s outgoing president, Hassan Rouhani, congratulated Raisi, who is likely to take thecharge in August. The presidential elections were held on 18 June.
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Amid the reports of rigging General Elections 2021, Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi IS all set to become the new President of Iran. Raisi, who has claimed nearly 18 million votes out of around 28 million total cast, would officially sit in the country’s second-highest office from August.
Who Is Raisi?
The 60-year-old Ebrahim Raisi- – – – a close confidant of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei— has served most of his career in Iran’s judiciary. An Islamic cleric and ultraconservative, Raisi HAD BEEN linked to a mass execution in 1988, where he HAD ordered to kill thousands of political prisoners who were involved in the Iran-Iraq war. Raisi, who had fielded himself as the presidential candidate in 2017 for the first time against Rouhani, IS also very close to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). He was appointed as the chief justice of Iran in 2019.
For 2021 General Elections, the Guardian Council, THE election watchdog of Iran, choose only seven candidates– Saeed Jalili, Ebrahim Raisi, Alireza Zakani, Seyed Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, Mohsen Mehralizadeh, Mohsen Rezaei, and Abdolnaser Hemmati after rejecting nearly 600 candidates, including dozens of women. During the presidential elections, the former bureaucrat Abdolnaser Hemmati was the main contender against Raisi but he also lost the elections and finished third with 8.4 per cent votes after Mohsen Rezaei, who managed to gain more than 10 per cent of total votes.
Challenge before Raisi
Raisi has inherited mismanagement, corruption and a crumbling economy from his successor Hassan Rouhani. Political experts believe that reviving the country’s economy and generating employment would be the biggest challenge before the new president of Iran.