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Ebrahim Raisi: Iran’s proxy president

  • Sanam Vakil

    Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

    زميلة أبحاث أولى و نائبة مدير برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

<p>Less than a decade ago, Ebrahim Raisi, Iran&rsquo;s newly elected president, was unknown to most Iranians. His story is one of a stalwart cleric and bureaucrat who has gradually risen through the ranks of Iran&rsquo;s unelected institutions, all the while building important relationships with the clerical establishment, the security and intelligence apparatus, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and, most importantly, with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Following an intense period of US sanctions, international pressure and confrontation, this election brings to power a Khamenei loyalist alongside a conservative consolidation of elected and unelected branches of government that together will enable the political establishment to prioritize domestic stability, economic development, and the looming issue of who will succeed Khamenei.</p>

<p>Click <a class=”fr-green” href=”https://www.chathamhouse.org/2021/06/ebrahim-raisi-irans-proxy-president” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>here</a> to read the expert comment.&nbsp;</p>