/ 21 June 2021

Iran gets a new prez

Ebrahim Raisi is the winner of the weekend’s presidential election in Iran. He’s Iran’s top judge and is known for his ultra-conservative views. He will replace centrist president Hassan Rouhani (who has served the maximum 2 terms) who was often at odds with the nation’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and conservative clerics. Raisi says he will form a “hard-working, anti-corruption and revolutionary” government – words that didn’t inspire high voter turnout in an election that was set up for him to win. And he didn’t get warm congratulations from Israel either. It says Raisi is Iran’s most extreme president yet, and that he will ramp up Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The US has previously assessed the new president – he was sanctioned for his part in the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. All that happened as talks resumed yesterday in Vienna to get Iran back onboard the deal with several world powers to limit its nuclear capabilities…

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