Ebrahim Raisi
Ebrahim Raisi

Raisi (Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati) is the newly elected President of Iran, having been a runner-up to previous president Rouhani in the 2017 elections. He is seen as more conservative than his predecessor and ran largely on an anti-corruption ticket. Raised in a clerical family, he attended the famous Qom seminary and also attained a PhD in law. He served as Deputy Chief Justice, Attorney General and Chief Justice, before winning the 2021 Iranian presidential election. He’s been accused by Amnesty International of overseeing the executions of political prisoners in the 80s and 90s and is currently under US sanctions. Raisi has frequently pressed for economic reform, such as the development of the agriculture sector over the commercial sector, tripling the monthly state benefits, and tackling corruption and increasing employment. He’s also a strong advocate of women’s rights, as well as the arts and culture sector.

Source of Influence: Political

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