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Iranian president-elect vows to reform administrative system, fight COVID-19

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi (L) speaks during a televised interview from the holy city of Mashhad on June 25, 2021. (Photo by IRIB)

Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi says making reforms in the administrative system, creating job opportunities and fighting COVID-19 will be among his topmost priorities after taking office in less than two months.

Raeisi made the remarks in his first televised interview speaking from the holy city of Mashhad on Friday.

“What has preoccupied my mind more than everything is the issue of occupation. The issue of coronavirus that the [Iranian] people are grappling with has also preoccupied my mind.”

He noted that his administration would also focus on increasing the availability of housing for the public as pledged during his election campaign.

He, however, said people are aware that some measures would take time and emphasized that his administration would make utmost efforts to solve problems as soon as possible.

The Iranian president-elect said he intends to maintain close interaction with the people and sets no limitation in this regard.

Raeisi called for national unity to overcome the problems the country is struggling with.

Raeisi, the incumbent Judiciary Chief of Iran, was elected Iran’s eighth president after he garnered about 62 percent of the votes in the June 18 election. He will succeed President Hassan Rouhani, who has served two four-year terms in office.

The election was held amid an ear-splitting political and media campaign by the United States as well as its Western and regional allies trying to portray the vote as “undemocratic.”

Many world leaders, senior foreign officials, prominent figures, and regional resistance leaders have so far offered congratulations on Raeisi’s victory.

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

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