Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, is a religious conservative who was sworn in as president on 5th August, deepening the grip of religious conservatives over the country’s government across all branches of power. The 60-year-old who also used to head the country’s judiciary system succeeds Hassan Rouhani, who was seen as a relative moderate.
According to some analysts, President Hassan Raisi may be the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s successor because of his strong relations with the leader of Iran.
As a result of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union as well as the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s economic crisis persists, making it the worst-hit country in the area. As part of its targeted sanctions on Raisi, the United States slapped further sanctions in 2019 for suspected human rights abuses committed in the late 1980s. Further apart, tensions are rising between Iran and international countries, which have accused Iran of being responsible for an Israeli-linked oil ship being attacked by a drone last week in the Arabian Sea. Iran, on the other hand, denies responsibility for the incident.
The announcement comes at a time when the United States is attempting to revive stalled nuclear deal talks. According to reports, Raisi intends to continue discussions; but, US officials are concerned that he would make unreasonable demands because he is well-known for his mistrust of the West.