The Iranian Supreme Leader endorsed Ebrahim Raisi as new president on Tuesday. The official inauguration at parliament will be held two days later hosting officials from 73 countries.
Iranian new president has pledged to bring steps to relieve US sanctions. Ebrahim Raisi also stressed on healing the wounds of division within Iranian society after receiving the endorsement.
The incoming new president, however, stressed that the Iranian future does not rely on the west and developments in any potential negotiations.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei endorsed Raisi as new president on Tuesday. Loads of national brokers from various sections of administrations, ranging from government to political activists, participated in the event.
Following the endorsement, Raisi addressed the Iranians in televised speech where he signaled the continuation of negotiations with western powers. The Iranian president referred to the attempts to revive the nuclear deal that fell apart following the US withdrawal in 2015.
The new president also talked about his plans the strengthen the economy to make it less dependent on foreign interference. “We will surely try to lift the cruel sanctions, but the people’s livelihoods and the economy should not be conditioned on it.” Raisi said in his inauguration speech.
Raisi also stated that the Iranian people want a change in the status quo. He pledged to implement that change following on the supreme leader’s innovative principles. Inviting all groups to assist the new government, Raisi said he’s there to restore the lost faith in the administration.
The new president also mentioned the economic challenges the Iranian people face in his inauguration speech. Raisi reminded Iranians that his administration is working on urgent solutions to the country’s key economic problems. He had earlier stated that he would reduce inflation, and provide the condition for foreign businesses to invest in Iran.
Supreme Leader Endorsement
According to Iranian constitution, the Supreme Leader must endorse the incoming president before his inauguration in local Parliament. Technically, the endorsement is a ceremony for the leader to convey his final guidance to the new president in front of the people.
As such, Supreme Leader’s address in the ceremony bears significance to both the incoming president and the people. Ayatollah Khamenei started his words with reference to the presidential election. He stressed that the result of the election indicated the solidarity between the administration and the nation despite difficulties.
In his address, Khamenei remarked, “enemies plotted boycott of the polls, and some groups inside the country followed the lead. But the people’s turnout was a clear answer to that.”
The Iranian Supreme Leader also advised the new president to form the government sooner than later. He stressed that despite the deficiencies and shortfalls, there is a huge potential that can go beyond the problems.
Khamenei also referred to the peaceful transfer of power in Iranian ruling apparatus. His remarks were as signals to the clashes in last year’s election disputes in the United States. Donald Trump, then the incumbent, rejected the November election results and his followers assaulted the capitol hill in protest.
The inauguration of the new president will be on Thursday in the parliament. High-rank officials from more than 70 countries attend the inauguration. The European Union diplomats will be among the attendees.
The 60-year old president takes the office with hopes to take more steadfast position before the western powers. The nuclear negotiations will be among the main agendas of the new government in the coming weeks.