Raisi set to be sworn in as Iran’s 8th president on August 3

The hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency will be officially confirmed in the oath ceremony, which would be held on August 3, in the presence of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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On Sunday, Iran’s semi-official news agency, Tasnim, reported that Iran’s president-elect Ebrahim Raisi would be sworn in a ceremony, which will be held on August 3. According to the report issued by the Iranian news agency, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will also attend the ceremony.

Other high-level Iranian officials are expected to be ready at the Imam Khomeini Husseiniya in Tehran, where the ceremony will be held. It was reported that the ceremony will take place at 10:30 in local time in accordance with COVID-19 precautionary measures.

It is expected that both Khamenei and Raisi will give speeches during the ceremony, which would also be televised. Following his presidency being officially confirmed by the Supreme Leader, Ebrahim Raisi will also take an oath before the parliament, during which he is expected to present his proposed cabinet.

The former chief of Iran’s judiciary won around 62% percent of votes in the June 18 election, in which the turnout remained as low as 49 percent.

Meanwhile, some reports indicating that Saudi Arabia may send a delegation to attend Raisi’s swearing ceremony circulated in international media outlets. Both sides have not made comments on the claims yet.

In response to questions about foreign policy that Raisi would follow during his term, particularly on the nuclear talks with Western powers and the US, the president-elect previously said that he backs the Vienna negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. However, Raisi also noted that the talks would not be at the center of his foreign policy.

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