Hardline judiciary chief Raisi wins Iranian presidential election

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Hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi has won Iran’s presidential election, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday, after the majority of votes were counted and rivals conceded. Raisi, a 60-year-old arch-conservative cleric who is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and is accused by the US and EU of rights abuses, is set to succeed moderate President Hassan Rowhani. The new president is to be sworn in in August. Raisi would mark a significant change in direction for the government in Iran after eight years under Rowhani, who could not run following two terms in office. Raisi recei…

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