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Ebrahim Raisi, the 'butcher of Tehran': The hard-line leader who led Iran's return to its darkest days

Wearing a black turban and clerical garb, Ayatollah Raishi has been a hardline leader who has guaranteed from 2021 as president Iran's return to its darkest periods of suppression of rights and freedoms at home and aggressive foreign policy and intransigence in Tehran's relations with the outside world. A protégé of Iran's supreme leader for 35 years, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, he was considered the favorite to succeed him in the most important post of the Islamic Republic. Ayatollah Raishi was one of the pillars of the conservative and ultra-conservative camp that have put under their control all the levers of power in Iran since 2020. He was elected on June 18, 2021 appearing as a protector of the underprivileged and an opponent of corruption. He won in an election battle with virtually no opponents and with a historically low participation of Iranians in the voting. He succeeded the moderate Hassan Rouhani, who had defeated him in the 2017 presidential election and was not eligible to be again […]
Source: News Beast

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