Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline conservative, will take over Iran’s presidency in August after winning the election.
Participation was very low, only 49 percent.
Israel is concerned about the change in power, but the European Union hopes for fresh negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme.
Official Announcement Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced on Saturday. According to the final vote count, Raisi received nearly 62 percent of the vote. But according to the Minister of Interior, the turnout was 48.8 percent, which is the lowest in a presidential election in the republic.
The win for Ibrahim Raisi, aged 60, was expected. He is the head of the Iranian judiciary and enjoys the full support of the authorities. But evaluators stressed the importance of voter turnout.
“It is not important to hang a Christmas tree if compared to the results of the previous elections. But if these numbers are correct – we are not quite sure there are no additional ballot papers – it is still a good result given the number of people who said they wanted to boycott the elections,” he said says Rosbeh Parsi, an analyst at the State Department’s Policy Institute.
Even Middle East Analyst Pete Hammergren studies turnout:
“Many of those who voted in the previous Iranian elections because they believed their votes could make a difference – despite the weakness of the candidates by the Security Council – chose to boycott the elections this time because they considered it fraudulent in favor of my president,” she wrote to TT.
“Millions of voice translators did not want to help legitimize Raisi. Opposition sources say turnout was only 25 percent in the multi-million dollar city of Tehran.”
Only seven out of about 600 presidential candidates have been approved to run. Iran has, according to Agence France-Presse, 59 million eligible residents.
My boss congratulated outgoing President Hassan Rouhani:
– I congratulate the people on their choice. My official congratulations will come later, but we know who got enough votes in this election and who chose the people today.
The country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, hailed the elections as a victory over “hostile propaganda”. He congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Even before election day Talk a little about someone other than Ibrahim Raisi to achieve victory. His three contenders, including former Central Bank Governor Abdel Nasser Hemmati, the only non-conservative candidate left after several candidates withdrew, congratulated their opponent on the victory.
Raisi belongs to the country’s religious establishment and is considered close to the ayatollah. The judge is said to have strongly conservative views on many social issues, including the status of women.
“He is a representative of the old powerful class,” writes Pete Hammergren, who is associated with the Stockholm Foreign Policy Institute.
Ibrahim Raisi is under US sanctions for alleged human rights abuses – including his involvement in the systematic executions of thousands of political prisoners in the country in 1988, something Raisi has repeatedly denied. During this period, Raisi held the position of Deputy Prosecutor of the Order.
After the election victory calls Amnesty International to investigate allegations of human rights violations committed by the President.
“The fact that Ibrahim Raisi rose to the presidency rather than being investigated for human rights violations, killings, disappearances and torture is a harsh reminder that impunity prevails in Iran,” the organization said in a statement.
Israel warns that the world should worry about a major election victory, according to AFP.
An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson wrote on Twitter that Raisi is a proponent of Iran’s “rapidly advancing military nuclear program”, and “his election as president demonstrates Iran’s true nefarious intentions.”
Introduces himself Ibrahim Raisi as a conscientious campaigner to fight corruption for the poor. He is taking over the presidency at a critical time for Iran, at least economically.
The failure of the JCPOA nuclear power agreement and severe US sanctions led to rampant inflation and high unemployment in the country, and rebuilding the economy was the focus ahead of the elections. Among other things, Raisi promised to build millions of apartments for low-income families, a promise that has attracted voters in an economically fragile Iran.
Raisi is also behind efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal – and reach a deal to end US sanctions – to save the country’s economy.
The European Union announced that a meeting between the two parties will be held in Vienna on Sunday.