Iran swears in hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi as president

Hardline Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took the oath of office before parliament on Thursday, with the Islamic Republic’s clerical rulers facing growing crises at home and abroad. The mid-ranking Shi’ite cleric formally started his four-year term on Tuesday when supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsed his victory in the June election, when most prominent rivals… Read More Iran swears in hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi as president

Hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi wins Iran’s presidential election

Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge who is under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, secured victory as expected on Saturday in Iran’s presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions. With all 28.9 million ballots counted, Raisi was elected with a tally of 17.9 million, Interior Minister Abdolreza… Read More Hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi wins Iran’s presidential election

Hardline judge favourite as Iranians vote in presidential election

Iranians voted on Friday in a presidential election likely to be won by a hardline judge subject to U.S. sanctions, though many are expected to ignore the ballot amid economic hardship and calls for a boycott by liberals at home and abroad. With uncertainty surrounding Iran’s efforts to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with six… Read More Hardline judge favourite as Iranians vote in presidential election

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to return to 2015 nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear deal and lift crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Biden, who takes office on Wednesday, has said the United States will rejoin the pact that includes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work if Tehran resumes strict compliance. “The ball… Read More Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to return to 2015 nuclear deal

Iranian supreme leader promises retaliation for killing of prominent nuclear scientist

Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing of the Islamic Republic’s top nuclear scientist, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to continue the work of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who Western and Israeli governments believe… Read More Iranian supreme leader promises retaliation for killing of prominent nuclear scientist