Presidential election in Iran: ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raïssi wins in the first round

He will replace Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who will step down from power in August.

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The ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raïssi unsurprisingly won the Iranian presidential election in the first round, according to almost final results published on Saturday, June 19 the day after the election. Without giving details on the participation, the electoral commission indicated that the candidate had obtained 62.2% of the votes after counting the votes. “more than 90%” bulletins. The commission’s figures nevertheless make it possible to extrapolate a participation rate higher than 53%.

According to partial official figures, Major General Mohsen Rezaï, former commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, would finish second with more than 11.5% of the vote, ahead of the former president of the Central Bank Abdolnasser Hemmati (8.3%) and the deputy Amirhossein Ghazizadeh-Hachémi (3.4%). The three men recognized the victory of Ebrahim Raïssi in messages on Instagram, on Twitter or relayed by the Iranian media. The latter will replace Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who will leave power in August.

Head of the Judicial Authority, Ebrahim Raïssi, 60, looked like a favorite, for lack of real competition after the disqualification of his main opponents. He has repeatedly stated that the country’s priority is to obtain the lifting of American sanctions linked to Iran’s nuclear development, and therefore to continue the negotiations under way to save the Vienna agreement by reintegrating the United States into it. United.

He is also, for the opposition, the embodiment of repression. His name associated with the mass executions of left-wing detainees in 1988, when he was deputy prosecutor at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. He is on the blacklist of Iranian officials sanctioned by Washington for “complicity in serious human rights violations”.

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