Incoming Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi today (Thursday) swore allegiance to his new position and delivered a speech, in which he claimed that his victory in the election “constitutes a message from the Iranian people to Iran’s enemies.” After being sworn in, he will be given a week to present his government to parliament for a vote of confidence.
In his speech, Raisi noted that “we are committed to the principles that Khomeini declared 40 years ago. Iran will continue its activities in Syria and Gaza and will stand by the oppressed wherever they are – in Syria, Palestine, Africa or Yemen.“
Raisi, who the U.S. has imposed personal sanctions on for allegedly violating human rights in his previous role as a judge, has promised to improve the living conditions of Iranians, which have worsened since former US President Donald Trump abandoned the 2018 nuclear deal. Last night he said in his speech that he would act as president to remove the “tyrannical” sanctions imposed by the United States on the Islamic Republic.
The incoming president was elected in June, in an election in which other senior candidates were barred from running. He first publicly referred to the sanctions imposed on him, explaining that the background to them stemmed from his previous work as a judge. Following his election, the human rights organization Amnesty International called for an investigation into Raisi for crimes against humanity, including the murder, kidnapping and torture of thousands of political opponents in the late 1980s.
According to the organization, Raisi was a member of the “Death Committee” that abducted thousands of political opponents and executed them without trial in the Evin and Gohrstadt prisons near Tehran in 1988. According to them, We call for an investigation. “
“As head of the Iranian judiciary, Raisi has carried out the grave violation of human rights and executions have taken place under his supervision,” the organization said, urging member states of the UN Human Rights Council to take concrete steps urgently. According to international law. “
When he was elected to the post, the Israeli Foreign Ministry called Raisi “the most extreme president so far” that Iran has had. “After the Supreme Leader dictated to the Iranian public who he could choose, less than half of the country’s eligible voters voted for the most radical president he has ever had. ‘ man”.