Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s chief justice, has he won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, a vote that both propelled the protégé of the supreme leader to Tehran’s highest civilian position and saw the lowest turnout in the history of the Islamic Republic.
Raisi won 61.95 percent of the vote in Friday’s election on a 48.8 percent turnout.
Raisi, 60, will take office in August, replacing moderate President Hassan Rouhani who was not allowed by the constitution to run for a third consecutive term.
It will take power at a critical moment, as Iran seeks to salvage its brazen nuclear deal with the great powers and frees itself from punishing U.S. sanctions that have led to a severe economic crisis.
Raisi’s election, himself sanctioned by the United States for human rights abuses, has become more of a coronation after his strongest competition was found to be disqualified from the candidacy.
Outgoing President Rouhani visited Raisi in his office to congratulate him.
“We will stand and cooperate fully with the president-elect for the next 45 days, when the new government takes office (in early August),” state media Rouhani said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Raisi and expressed hope for “further development of constructive bilateral cooperation,” according to the RIA news agency citing a press officer at the Russian embassy in Tehran.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he expects to work with Raisi to “further strengthen” the fraternal ties between Pakistan and Iran for “regional peace, progress and prosperity.”
Congratulations to His Brother Ibrahim Raisi @raisi_com on his important victory in the 13th presidential election of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We look forward to working with him to further strengthen our fraternal ties and for regional peace, progress and prosperity.
– Imran Khan (mImranKhanPTI) June 19, 2021
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated Raisi on his victory, saying he believes cooperation between the two neighbors will become stronger during Raisi’s tenure.
“Expressing my belief that cooperation between our two countries will be strengthened during your presidency, I am ready to work with you,” Erdogan said in a letter sent to Raisi.
Assad congratulated Raisi on his victory and said he was interested in working with the new president to strengthen ties between the two countries, a statement from the Syrian presidency said.
“I present my sincere congratulations and blessings on the occasion of yours [Raisi’s] election as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, ”said Iraqi President Barham Salih.
“We in Iraq look forward to strengthening our strong relations with our neighbor Iran and its people.”
Human rights group leader Agnes Callamard said Raisi’s election victory called for Raisi to be investigated for “crimes against humanity.”».
“For Ebrahim Raisi to come to the presidency instead of being investigated for crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a dull reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran,” he posted on Twitter.
“We continue to call on Ebrahim Raisi to be investigated for his participation in past and ongoing crimes under international law, including by states exercising universal jurisdiction.”
The result of #Iran “election” was predictable. But anyway, what #EbrahimRaisi is elevated to the presidency instead of being investigated for crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, it is a dull reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran
– Agnes Callamard (@AgnesCallamard) June 19, 2021
“We congratulate the Islamic Republic of Iran on the success of the democratic process, the holding of the presidential elections and the victory of Ebrahim Raisi as President of Iran,” said Hazem Qassem, Hamas spokesman in Gaza.
“We wish the Islamic Republic of Iran progress and prosperity. Iran has always been a fundamental and true supporter of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian resistance.”
United Arab Emirates
“We wish for the Islamic Republic, and for our bilateral relations, stability, continuity and prosperity,” said the Vice President and de facto Governor of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in a statement tweeted by the Dubai media office.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed also sent a message of happiness to Raisi, state news agency WAM reported.
– WAM English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) June 19, 2021
Human Rights Watch
Raisi’s path to the presidency has been through “repression and unfair elections,” Michael Page, deputy director of the Middle East at HRW, said in a statement.
“As head of Iran’s repressive judiciary, Raisi has overseen some of the most heinous crimes in Iran’s recent history, which deserve an investigation and accountability rather than high-ranking elections. . “
. @franceonu‘s @MichaelARPage: “Iranian authorities have paved the way for Ebrahim Raeesi to become president because of repression and unfair elections” https://t.co/MNy4NPARYw pic.twitter.com/F5XrEoEBNI
– Tara Sepehri Far (تارا سپهریفر) 😷 (@sepehrifar) June 19, 2021