Ebrahim Raeisi sworn in as Iran’s eighth president
After having his mandate endorsed by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei, Ebrahim Raeisi has taken the oath of office and officially inaugurated as the eighth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Iranian parliament on Thursday afternoon, attended by high-ranking Iranian civil and military officials as well as a great number of foreign dignitaries from more than 70 countries.
The ceremony started with a speech by Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf followed by an address delivered by head of Iran’s Judiciary Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei.
After speeches were delivered by heads of the Judiciary and Legislature, Raeisi took to the podium to be sworn in as Iran’s eighth president following the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
New president of Iran faces many challenges
Raeisi take office as Iran is faced with the triple-shock of sanctions, oil market collapse and the coronavirus pandemic, with the nation in its third consecutive year of recession.
Raisi believes the priority should be resolving issues with Iran’s neighbors, which can also serve as a lever to pressure the US regarding the nuclear deal, before moving on to international issues.
Foreign policy in Iran is decided by consensus among key security and foreign policy institutions and is then, ultimately, approved by the Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.
The leader has already indicated that he's in favor of reviving the nuclear deal, having given the go-ahead years ago despite deep seated distrust for the US.
Raeisi did stress the national line in his first news conference since the election, saying he would not enter upon negotiations regarding Iran's ballistic missile program nor its support of regional resistance groups.