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

Former Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani demands explanation for vote disqualification

The former speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani demanded on Saturday an explanation from an election watchdog on why he was barred from running in next week’s presidential vote. Last month, the hardline Guardian Council approved just seven hopefuls to stand in Friday’s poll and disqualified several prominent candidates, including Larijani and former president… Read More Former Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani demands explanation for vote disqualification