Who is Ebrahim Raisi, Ayatollah Khamenei's most loyal hawk | EUROtoday

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An ultra-conservative in keeping with Khamenei. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, concerned in a helicopter crash within the Tabriz area, is a loyalist to the Iranian Supreme Leader and a possible successor to him.

The defeat with Rouhani

Raisi, 63, beforehand headed Iran's judicial system. In 2017 he ran unsuccessfully for president towards Hassan Rouhani, the reasonable cleric who as president achieved the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Victory in 2021

In 2021, Raisi ran for re-election in an election that noticed all of his probably essential opponents barred from Iran's vetting system. He obtained virtually 62% of the 28.9 million votes, the bottom turnout share within the historical past of the Islamic Republic. Millions of individuals stayed at house and others canceled their ballots.

His function within the mass executions in 1988

Born on December 14, 1960 in Mashhad, he grew up in a clerical household and obtained a spiritual schooling. In 1985 he turned deputy prosecutor in Tehran and in 1988, in the course of the Iran-Iraq struggle, Khomeini ordered the execution of hundreds of political prisoners whom he accused of collaborating with Iraq, appointing Raisi to a committee charged with figuring out whether or not the prisoners have been or much less loyal to the federal government. For his involvement within the mass execution of hundreds of political prisoners he was sanctioned by the United States. After Ali Khamenei's rise to energy in 1989, Raisi started his climb up the Iranian judicial system.

Head of the judiciary

After his appointment as head of the judiciary in 2019, Raisi instantly pursued corruption instances towards authorities officers and outstanding businessmen. When he ran within the 2021 presidential election, he continued to place himself as a defender towards authorities corruption, and expressed help for negotiating a world nuclear deal that takes Iranian pursuits under consideration.