Iran election results: What is the Iranian regime up to?

What does he do? Ebrahim Raisi, a Member of the Council of Senior Scholars, is Iran’s most senior figure in the clerical establishment. The Council of Senior Scholars was established in 1979 under the…

Iran election results: What is the Iranian regime up to?

What does he do?

Ebrahim Raisi, a Member of the Council of Senior Scholars, is Iran’s most senior figure in the clerical establishment.

The Council of Senior Scholars was established in 1979 under the shah but the elected leadership of the country eliminated it in 1990.

It now comprises a majority of clerics, with no women or Muslim minorities included.

Raisi is the Islamic Republic’s most senior cleric.

Mr Raisi was reportedly appointed a member of the Council of Senior Scholars on December 8, 2016, when President Hassan Rouhani appointed a list of five senior religious leaders to the Shi’ite congregation’s top body.

Both Mr Raisi and Mr Rouhani were in the presidential race and later became close allies of each other.

What has Mr Raisi said?

Since his nomination in February as the ‘conservative’ candidate for the presidency, Mr Raisi has condemned America and Israel’s policies in the Middle East.

“Iran’s present enemies are the Zionist regime and America,” he said in February.

“The enemy plans to impose sanctions, block the border with our nation and even destroy us with a nuclear bomb.”

But after voters approved his candidacy, Mr Raisi tried to soften his rhetoric, saying he does not wish to withdraw Iran from the fight against terrorism.

He also offered to pay damages in case of a nuclear war, which he referred to as “a catastrophe”.

According to the Independent, he also said Iran had not closed its airspace to fly aid to Syria’s besieged government-held city of Homs, where tens of thousands of people are trapped.

What is the Fatemi plan?

Mr Raisi has apparently proposed his plan for Syria, where peace talks over the country’s civil war resumed on Monday.

The former minister says that “unarmed men should be united and formed under a single political banner”.

He also said Iran, Turkey and Russia would mediate on behalf of the country’s government and opposition leaders to remove Syria’s “men of violence” from power.

The plan proposes that they should be replaced by “security forces loyal to the resistance” to fight “terrorism”.

However, Moscow has pushed for a political solution that would see power transfer to the Syrian state.

Will Mr Raisi win?

As of Monday, the Iranian parliament’s Guardian Council was still deliberating on the election results, but based on its nine most recent rulings, only three seats remained empty, meaning a spokesman said he could then be officially named as President.

President Rouhani is required to seek re-election in the May 19 vote and a win for Mr Raisi is likely to leave him without a majority in the Chamber of Experts – and allow the candidate from the next lot of parliamentarians to step in.

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