The Judge Under US Sanctions, Ebrahim Raisi, Wins Iran’s Presidential Elections


Securing 18 million votes, the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi has won the country’s presidential elections with less than 62 percent of the votes, according to figures released on Saturday by Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli. A close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who vows to fight corruption, Raisi is under US sanctions for alleged involvement in executions of political prisoners decades ago. Following Raisi, a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Mohsen Rezai won by a wide margin with 11.8 percent votes. “I congratulate the people on their choice,” said outgoing moderate President Hassan Rouhani. “My official congratulations will come later, but we know who got enough votes in this election and who is elected today by the people.”

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