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Ebrahim Raïssi Quick Facts | CNN


Here’s a look at the life of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Date of birth: December 14, 1960

Place of birth: Mashhad, Iran

First and last name: Sayyid Ebrahim Raisol-Sadati

Father: Seyyed Haji, a cleric

Mother: Sayyedeh Esmat Khodadad Husseini

Marriage: Jamileh Alamolhoda (1983–present)

Children: Two girls

Education: Attended the Qom seminary; Shahid Motahari University, PhD in Law

Religion: Islamic, Shia Muslim

His father died when Raisi was 5 years old.

Wears a black turban, which means he is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.

Has long opposed any engagement with the West and is a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei.

Raisi is the first Iranian leader elected under US sanctions.

Early 1980s – Prosecutor of the cities of Karaj and Hamadan.

1985-1988 – Deputy Prosecutor of Tehran, Iran.

1988 – According to various rights groups, Raisi was part of a four-person “death committee” that allegedly oversaw the mass execution of up to 5,000 political prisoners. To date, Raisi has never publicly commented on the allegations, but is believed to rarely leave Iran for fear of reprisals or international justice following the executions.

1989-1994 – Prosecutor General of Tehran.

1994-2004 – Head of the General Inspectorate Organization, responsible for investigating professional misconduct and corruption.

2004-2014 – First Deputy Chief Justice.

2006 – Raissi is elected to the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that appoints the supreme leader.

2012 – Becomes attorney general at the Special Court for the Clergy.

2014-2016 – Attorney General of Iran.

2016-2019 – Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, a foundation worth billions, and responsible for running the Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad.

May 19, 2017 – Loses in the presidential election to Hassan Rouhani, winning 38.5% of the vote to Rouhani’s 57%.

March 7, 2019 – Ayatollah Khamenei appoints Raisi chief justice.

March 12, 2019 – Elected deputy head of the Assembly of Experts.

November 4, 2019 – The US Treasury Department sanctions Raisi, citing his participation in the 1988 “death commission” and also a United Nations report indicating that Iran’s justice system approved the execution of at least nine children between 2018 and 2019.

June 19, 2021 – Is declared the winner of a historically uncompetitive presidential election in Iran. Raïssi won nearly 18 million votes out of nearly 29 million votes cast, according to Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli. Many pro-reform Iranians have refused to participate in elections widely seen as a foregone conclusion. The overall turnout rate was only 48.8%, the lowest since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979.

June 21, 2021 – In his first international press conference since being elected president, Raïssi said he would not meet US President Joe Biden, even if the two sides agreed on the conditions for a revival of the 2015 nuclear deal , under which Iran pledged to stop uranium enrichment in exchange for the 2015 nuclear deal. lifting crippling US sanctions. Responding to a question from CNN, the president-elect accuses the United States and the European Union of violating the agreement and calls on Biden to lift all sanctions, before adding that Iran’s ballistic missile program does not is “not negotiable”.

August 5, 2021 – Is officially sworn in as president.

November 2023 – Raisi attends a summit in Saudi Arabia where Arab and Muslim leaders denounce Israeli “war crimes” in Gaza. Speaking at the summit, Raisi said that “we are gathered here today to discuss the goal of the Islamic world, namely the Palestinian cause, where we have witnessed the worst crimes in history.”


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