Iran supreme leader Khamenei formally tasks ultraconservative Raisi as president

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Iran supreme leader Khamenei formally tasks ultraconservative Raisi as president
Hardliner, who takes over as country is in negotiations over nuclear deal and crippling sanctions, vows nation’s economy won’t be tied to ‘will of foreigners’
By Agencies and TOI staff
3 August 2021

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader officially endorsed his hardline protégé as the nation’s next president on Tuesday, two days ahead of Ebrahim Raisi’s inauguration. “Following the people’s choice, I task the wise, indefatigable, experienced and popular Hojatoleslam Ebrahim Raisi as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote in a decree read out by his chief of staff at a ceremony.

In his speech, Khamenei advised Raisi, a former judiciary chief, to “empower the country’s poor people and improve the national currency.” While repeating his usual anti-West rhetoric about Iran’s “enemies” seeking to sway public opinion, Khamenei struck a milder tone during the endorsement. He focused on Iran’s mounting domestic issues, praising Raisi’s anti-corruption campaign and asking him to encourage local production. “The nation needs competent, effective and brave management,” Khamenei said.

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