|By Kaveh Mousavi|
Despite being a new arrival in the national consciousness, he garnered more than 38% of the vote, losing to incumbent President Rouhani. In 2021, Raisi won the presidency in a highly controversial election with 62% of the vote.
Despite being the current president and most likely successor to the top job in Iran—the Supreme Leader—Raisi remains largely unknown outside of this country. I haven’t seen any in-depth or even accurate reporting on the man.
As a concerned Iranian citizen and a close watcher of politics here and abroad, I would like to rectify that strange silence.
Before he ran for president in 2017, Raisi held many high-ranking positions in the judiciary but shied away from the press and rarely made the news. For those of us familiar with the history of Iran, however, his name was familiar and associated with a very traumatic episode in our history. Ebrahim Raisi was one of the four people tasked with carrying out the massacre of political prisoners in the 1980s, which saw thousands of people executed in sham unjust trials.
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