Iran’s new ultraconservative president, Ebrahim Raisi, endorsed by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has vow in his inauguration speech to the nation on Tuesday to work to liberate Iran of “tyrannical” sanctions imposed by the US, The Times writes.
Raisi, who is due to be sworn in as president before parliament on Thursday, also promised to improve living standards for Iranians by not tying Iran’s standard of living to the will of foreigners.
He noted that one of his key challenges will be negotiating a nuclear deal with the US though Tehran has been holding indirect talks with Washington to restore the nuclear pact Trump unilaterally withdrewthe US from in 2018.
Former justice chief Raisi (60), who is himself subject to US sanctions over human rights abuses, has come under fire from rights groups over allegations about crackdowns on dissident Iranians and protestors dating back to the 1980s as well as for human rights abuses in the country.
He will consolidate power in the hands of conservatives, replacing the relative moderate Hassan Rohani in a moment of immediate crisis as US and UK, along with Israel, are accusing Tehran of being behind an attack on an Israeli tanker off the coast of Oman last week though Tehran denies any responsibility.