Israel criticizes hardliner’s victory in Iranian presidential vote

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Israel’s foreign minister criticized Iran’s election of hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as the country’s next president on Sunday, one day after the vote. “The new president of Iran is a radical who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted, adding that Raisi was known as the “butcher of Tehran.” “His election should awaken a new determination to immediately halt Iran’s nuclear programme” and put an end to Tehran’s destructive regional aspirations, he said. Raisi, a 60-year-old arch-conservative cleric who is close to Supreme Le…

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