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Iran's Ebrahim Raeisi holds first presser as president elect

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Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

Just two days after his landslide victory in the election, Ebrahim Raeisi held his first ever press conference as a president elect.

Ahead of the Q and A session, Raeisi gave an introductory speech, where he thanked the Iranian nation for their turnout in the election, despite the persisting economic woes.

380 journalist from over 200 domestic and international media outlets attended the presser.

Ebrahim Raeisi won the 13th presidential election with 17.9 million votes, which make up 64 percent of the total number of votes cast in the election.

Coming from the principalist bloc, Raeisi holds different, and in some cases opposing, approaches toward a host of domestic and foreign issues compared to pro-reformist president Hassan Rouhani.

Raeisi is associated with the Principlist camp, but he ran as an independent runner in the election.

Ahead of the election, he was the country's judiciary chief.

He had also served as Iran's Attorney General, the head of the General Inspection Office and the chairman of Astan Quds Razavi, an organization in charge of managing the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad.

He will assume office on August 3 after being sworn in.

Raeisi will take over power with question marks over many issues, including the fate of the nuclear deal, the lifting of US sanctions, the future of Iran's nuclear program and above all, the ailing economy.

It's too soon to tell if he will pull it off, but at least, he has promised to take a different course from the outgoing administration.


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