Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday endorsed Ebrahim Raisi as the eighth president of the Islamic Republic.
The endorsement ceremony at the Imam Khomeini Husseiniya in Tehran marked the official start of Raisi’s tenure as the new president.
Based on Article 110 of Iran’s Constitution, the president-elect has to receive the Leader’s approval before taking office.
The gathering was attended by senior Iranian officials, including the Judiciary chief, the Parliament speaker, secretary of the Guardian Council, former president Hassan Rouhani, and a number of members of the Assembly of Experts and the Parliament, and foreign ambassadors in Tehran, Tasnim news agency reported.
Raisi will be sworn in as president in a separate ceremony due to be held in the Iranian Parliament.
The former Judiciary chief of Iran won the June 18 presidential election by winning nearly 62 percent of the votes.
At the beginning of the endorsement ceremony, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli submitted a comprehensive report on the process of organizing the 13th Presidential Election (Iran 2021 Presidential Election).
After the report, the presidential decree issued by Imam Khamenei was read.
“By electing a popular, distinguished personage from among the descendants of the Prophet and a scholar who is adorned with great piety and wisdom and who has a brilliant managerial performance sheet, the people of Iran have shown their firm determination to tread the enlightened path of the Revolution, which is the path of justice, progress, freedom and dignity,” the decree read.
“Today, our dear country is thirsty for valuable service and is ready to make a leap in all areas. The country needs competent, jihadi, intelligent, courageous management that can organize the manifest and hidden capabilities of the nation – in particular those of the youth, which are much greater in scope than the problems.”
For his part, Raisi called the presidential elections a manifestation of religious democracy and said, “All people were involved in the June 18 elections and asked the new government for a change by their election and vote, which is inevitable.”
“The message of the people in the June 18 elections was the message of change, justice, fight against corruption, discrimination and injustice and the message of the need to solve economic, social and cultural problems of the society.”
Raisi added that the message of the people was the message of changing the status quo, and the people, with their vote, called on the government to achieve justice and the fight against corruption.
“The Iranian nation wants the new government to make big changes and the government has major plans in this regard,” he said elsewhere, as quoted by Mehr news agency.
“The new government seeks to remove the sanction but will not let economic conditions rely on financial embargos,” Raisi noted, adding, “We will not let Iranian’s livelihood be dependent on the enemies’ will.”
Source: Iranian media