The recent Iranian presidential election has seen the Head of the Judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, elected with 60% of the vote with a record-low turnout.
The Guardian Council, the political body in Tehran that organizes elections, disqualified more moderate candidates even before election season began, practically paving the way for Raisi’s victory, something which made Human Rights Watch label the election as an “oppressive and unfair”.
A man from the religious branches of the Islamic State in Iran, Raisi is renowned for having a chief role in a period of mass executions in the late 80s, in which between 2,000 and 4,000 political prisoners, mostly members of the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran, a group designated as terrorists by Tehran and Baghdad, were killed.
Nevertheless, heads of state both Shia and Sunni came out in support of Raisi, with the leaders of Turkey, the UAE, Yemen, Pakistan, Hamas, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, and Syria all issuing congratulations and hopeful statements about “working together”.
The State Department shed crocodile tears for the Iranian voters citing election fraud claims while saying they will continue the Vienna conference talks on the revival of the nuclear deal.