Ebrahim Raisi: profile of new president-elect in Iran

According to the Constitution of Iran, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, the so-called rahbar, is the head of state. The government helmed by the president, who is elected by direct universal suffrage every four years, exercises the executive power.

Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi won Iran's presidential election on June 18. He won a landslide with almost 62 % of the vote in the first round. In August Ebrahim Raisi will be sworn in as the eighth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Senior RISS expert Marianna Bakonina presents E. Raisi's political profile.

Summary:

  • E. Raisi is a hardline cleric close to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He is the first president-elect in Iran to have been sanctioned by the U.S. and the European Union before even entering office. Meanwhile, E. Raisi is believed to have a good prospect of becoming the next Supreme Leader of Iran.

  • E. Raisi supports the Supreme Leader’s oft-stated strategy of economic self-sufficiency (known as the “resistance economy”) that boosts domestic production.

  • The new president is likely to reach and implement an agreement with the U.S. on a mutual return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but the timing remains uncertain.
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