Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi was elected president of Iran with historically low voter turnout. Israel warns of expanding Tehran’s nuclear program and is strongly attacking Raisi.
Israel has sharply criticized the election of hardliner Ebrahim Raisi as President of Iran. “Iran’s new president, known as the butcher of Tehran, is an extremist who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians,” Israel’s new foreign minister, Jair Lapid, said on Twitter on Saturday. “He is committed to the regime’s nuclear aspirations and its campaign of global terror.”
Israel also warns against expanding the Iranian nuclear program. With Raisi, Iran has chosen “its most extremist president to date,” wrote the Israeli Foreign Office spokesman Lior Haiat on Saturday on the online service Twitter. Raisi also campaigns for Iran’s “military nuclear program”. His election therefore illustrates the “malicious intentions” of Iran. The international community must be “very worried”.
Israel firmly rejects the international nuclear agreement with Iran, the revival of which is currently being negotiated in Vienna. The Israeli government accuses Iran of trying to build an atomic bomb. Tehran rejects this accusation.
USA criticize election
The US has criticized the course of the presidential election in Iran. A spokesman for the foreign ministry said on Saturday that the people of Iran had “been denied a free and fair electoral process”. At the same time, however, he announced that the US would continue negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program alongside its allies and partners.
Putin congratulates Raisi “traditionally on friendly terms”
The judge and conservative clergyman Raisi was elected by an overwhelming majority to succeed President Hassan Ruhani on Saturday and will replace him in early August. As one of four Sharia judges, Raisi oversaw the execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. According to official information, Raisi received almost 62 percent of the vote in Friday’s election. At 48.8 percent, the turnout was lower than ever before in an Iranian presidential election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, congratulated Raisi on his election victory. Relations between Russia and Iran are “traditionally friendly,” Putin said. Raisi’s election will now help to expand “constructive bilateral cooperation in many areas and our partnership in international affairs”.
Syria’s ruler, Bashar al-Assad, also conveyed his “warmest congratulations” to Raisi and wished him success in his new duties. Assad referred to the “external pressure” under which Raisi had to direct the fortunes of his country.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also congratulated Raisi on his election and offered him his cooperation. Erdogan therefore hopes for increased cooperation between Turkey and Iran.