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Ebrahim Raisi, a docile Iranian president, loyal to the supreme chief

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The 63-year-old ultraconservative cleric died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. He was elected president of the Islamic Republic in 2021 after a failed bid in 2017, and loved a lightning rise marked by the implementation of the regime’s repressive insurance policies.

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Ebrahim Raisi, the eighth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, died on Sunday, Might 19, in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area of the nation’s northwest. The 63-year-old ultraconservative cleric, elected in 2021 in a extensively boycotted election, died whereas returning to Iran from a state go to to Azerbaijan. He was joined by the Iranian International Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the governor of the East Azerbaijan area, Malek Rahmati, the imam of the Friday prayer in the identical province, Mohammad-Ali Ale-Hashem, and members of the crew.

Raisi was tipped to succeed Supreme Chief Ali Khamenei and owed his speedy rise to prominence to him. Till his demise, the president remained near the nation’s highest authority, who by no means ceased to reward his actions. An exception, given that every one earlier heads of state – the reformist Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005), the ultraconservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013) and the 2 technocrats Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1989-1997) and Hassan Rohani (2013-2021) – ended their phrases of workplace on poor phrases with the supreme chief.

After being defeated in 2017 by outgoing president Hassan Rohani, Raisi had secured the elimination in 2021 of his opponents – reformers, moderates and pragmatic conservatives – who would have challenged him by the unelected Council of Guardians of the Structure.

His unfinished time period of workplace, like his involvement within the affairs of the Islamic Republic over the past 40 years, will stay marked by the implementation of repressive insurance policies. Confronted with the most recent rebellion following the demise in September 2022 of the younger Mahsa (Jina) Amini, Raisi, following in his grasp’s footsteps, known as for a “agency confrontation” with the demonstrators. At the very least 5 hundred civilians had been killed through the wave of protests.

Iron fist

Born in 1960 right into a pious household within the non secular metropolis of Mashhad (northeastern Iran), Raisi, the son of a cleric, enrolled in a seminary in his hometown as a young person. On the age of 15, he joined the Heart for Shiite Research within the holy metropolis of Qom (central Iran). Like his mentor Khamenei (underneath whom he studied for 14 years), he thus earned the correct to put on a black turban, a distinction reserved for descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, a title he prided himself on.

After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the 19-year-old clergyman’s first task was to arrange “revolutionary courts” in Masjed Soleiman, within the southwestern province of Khuzestan. He distinguished himself by his loyalty and willingness to guage opponents with an iron fist. In 1980, he was appointed Chief Prosecutor of the town of Karadj, 30 kilometers east of Tehran.

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