Ebrahim Raisi Sworn in as Iran’s Eighth President

Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, has been sworn into office after winning last June’s elections.

Raisi took his oath during a ceremony at the country’s parliament in Tehran and formally succeeded Hassan Rouhani.

“Diplomacy and constructive and extensive engagement with the world. I extend a hand of friendship and brotherhood to all countries, especially those in the region,” vowed Raisi during the ceremony. 

Raisi also said he would be a “true defender of human rights” of Iran and the region. 

Raisi was the prosecutor general of Tehran between 1989 and 1994 as well as the first deputy head of the judiciary between 2004 and 2014 and was known to be part of the “death commission” that ordered the executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.

Amnesty International has already called for Raisi to be “criminally investigated” for his role in the execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.

Raisi’s wearing in came amid tensions with the West along with localized economic and pandemic problems. 

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