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In Iran, the presidential election was won by Ebrahim Raisi

The judge, known for his cruelty, won more than 17.8 million votes — almost 62% of the country's residents supported him

Iran's presidential election was won by judge Ebrahim Raisi, who was sanctioned by the United States for human rights violations.

This is reported by the Reuters news agency.

Vote count results

Interior Ministry spokesman Jamala Orfi said that with about 90% of the 28.6 million ballots counted, Raisi won 17.8 million votes (almost 62%), which already gives him an undeniable advantage.

At the same time, this year's turnout in the June 18 elections was a record low — about 48%. Four candidates participated in them,

Rouhani met with Iranian President-elect Raisi in Tehran / Photo: REUTERS

Agnes Callamar, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, said Raisi's election victory was “a grim reminder that there is impunity in Iran.” And outgoing President Hassan Rouhani has already visited Raisi in his office and congratulated him on his victory.

“We will support and fully cooperate with the president-elect over the next 45 days as the new government assumes responsibility,” state media quoted Rouhani as saying.

In turn, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Rouhani will lead Iran well.

It should be noted that during the election campaign, the politician promised to fight against poverty and corruption, build 4 million new homes in four years and build a “ people's government for the sake of a strong Iran.” But he did not present any program.

“In the new government, we will make every effort to solve the problem of people's life support,” Raisi said.

The President of Iran is elected for a four-year term. To win, a candidate needs to get at least 50% plus one vote.

Nuclear negotiations

Iran and six major powers are currently in talks to renew the 2015 nuclear deal. Raisi's election comes at a critical moment.

Raisi has in the past harshly criticized the agreement on the Iranian atom, concluded by Iran with the “ six “ international mediators. However, now he, like the other candidates, expresses his readiness to fulfill the parameters of the deal if the United States returns to it.

Recall that in 2018, US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal and re-imposed tough sanctions that reduced Iran's oil revenues.

It is noteworthy that in Iran, it is not the president who has the last word on all state issues, such as Iran's foreign and nuclear policy, but the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

What is known about him?

Raisi received a religious education but began working in the legal system, in 1985 he was appointed deputy prosecutor of Tehran, four years later he headed the metropolitan prosecutor's office.

In 2004, he took the post of Deputy Prosecutor of Iran, and in 2014 — the Prosecutor General of the country.

In 2019, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed the 60-year-old Raisi to head the judiciary, and a few months later he came under US sanctions for human rights violations.

According to human rights activists, he played a role in the executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988 and in the violent suppression of riots in 2009.

At the same time, Iran has never acknowledged mass executions, and Raisi himself has never spoken publicly about the charges.

He is considered the most formidable representative of the power structures.

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