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Far Right ‘Hanging Judge’ Ebrahim Raisi Wins Iranian ‘Election’.

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Iran's outgoing President Hassan Rouhani and Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi speak to the media after their meeting in Tehran, Iran June 19, 2021. Official Presidential website/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Islamist Hardliner Wins Iranian ‘election’.

Iran election: Hardliner Raisi will become president

Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi has won Iran’s presidential election, following a tightly controlled race.

He thanked Iranians for their support, after a vote that was widely seen as being designed to favour him.

Mr Raisi is Iran’s top judge and holds ultra-conservative views. He is under US sanctions and has been linked to past executions of political prisoners.

Iran’s president is the second-highest ranking official in the country, after the supreme leader.

Iran’s Leading Candidate for President is a far right Notorious Hanging Judge

Polling suggests that Ebrahim Raisi will likely win Iran’s presidential election. So who is he?

In 1980 after the Islamic Republic was established, Raisi joined the public prosecutor’s office in the city of Karaj to the west of Tehran and rose to become the public prosecutor there that year. In 1985 he took up the position of deputy public prosecutor in Tehran. In the early to mid-1980s,the newly established clerical regime gradually banned middle class liberals and the Islamic-Marxist People’s Jihadis (Mojahedin-e Khalq) from politics and pursued a Great Terror against them. Some 10,000 Mojahedin are said to have been killed in those years, some in running street battles, while others were polished off in prison.

In 1988 there was a massacre in jail of some 5,000 People’s Jihadis (Note more commonly known simply as the People’s Mujahideen), and Raisi was implicated in it. (The official Iranian account did not mention this role for him, as a result of which he has been sanctioned by the US and others, so that he cannot travel internationally.)


Iran seems set to continue to be ruled by a network of hardliners and racketeers, but my guess is that they now think they can make more money rejoining the nuclear deal with Biden than they could by remaining isolated from the world economy.

Written by Andrew Coates

June 19, 2021 at 2:22 pm

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  1. “banning middle-class liberals from politics” – no wonder the odious Neil Clark & Ken Bell love people like this


    June 19, 2021 at 3:38 pm

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