Ayatollah Khamenei to formally endorse Raeisi as 8th president of Iran

An official ceremony is taking place in Tehran during which Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei is to officially endorse Ebrahim Raeisi as Iran’s next president, weeks after the ex-Judiciary chief won the country’s 13th presidential election by a landslide.

Iran (IMNA) - Ayatollah Khamenei’s decree, endorsing the presidential mandate of Raeisi, will be shortly read out at the event.

The ceremony is underway at Imam Khomeini Hosseiniyeh in Tehran in full compliance with COVID safety protocols and is being attended by the country’s senior state and military officials.

Airports in Tehran will remain closed for two and a half hours, and traffic restrictions will be in place on the streets near the venue of the ceremony on Tuesday, the capital’s Traffic Police has announced.

Raeisi, the eighth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, won almost 62 percent of the votes in the June 18 presidential election and will succeed President Hassan Rouhani, who served two four-year terms in office.

Raeisi will take an oath of office in an inauguration ceremony at the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on Thursday.

Seyyed Nezamoddin Mousavi, the spokesman for the Parliament’s presidium, said Monday that a long list of foreign officials and political figures have accepted Iran's invitation to attend the event despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said 115 officials from 73 countries have already declared their readiness to attend the inauguration ceremony.

The list includes 10 heads of state, 20 parliament speakers, 11 foreign ministers and 10 ministers, as well as special envoys, deputy parliament speakers and chairmen of parliamentary commissions and parliamentary delegations, the lawmaker said.

The heads of 11 international and regional organizations and the representative of the UN chief, along with officials from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the European Union (EU), the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation also known as Developing-8 have been invited to the event.

Mousavi said 170 domestic and foreign journalists have also received invitations to provide coverage of the event.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, President of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani and Serbia’s Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic are said to be among the guests at the inauguration ceremony.


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