Ebrahim Raisi Fast Facts | CNN


Here’s a look into the life of Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi.

Date of birth: December 14, 1960

Place of birth: Mashhad, Iran

Full name: Sayyid Ebrahim Raisol-Sadati

Father: Seyyed Haji, a cleric

Mother: Sayyedeh Esmat Khodadad Husseini

Marriage: Jamileh Alamolhoda (1983-present)

Children: two daughters

Education: He attended the Qom seminary; Shahid Motahari University, Ph.D in Law

Religion: Islamic, Shia Muslim

His father died when Raisi was 5 years old.

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

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

Raisi is the first elected Iranian leader to be 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 is part of a four-person “death committee” allegedly overseeing the mass execution of up to 5,000 political prisoners. Raisi has so far never publicly commented on the allegations, but is believed to rarely leave Iran for fear of reprisals or international justice for the executions.

1989-1994 – Prosecutor General of Tehran.

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

2004-2014 – First Deputy Chief Justice.

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

2012 – He becomes general prosecutor of the Special Court of the Clergy.

2014-2016 – Attorney General of Iran.

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

May 19, 2017 – He loses the presidential election to Hassan Rouhani, claiming 38.5% of the vote to Rouhani’s 57%.

March 7, 2019 – Ayatollah Khamenei appoints Raisi as Chief Justice.

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

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

June 19, 2021 – He is declared the winner of a historically uncompetitive presidential election in Iran. Raisi wins almost 18 million of the almost 29 million ballots cast, according to Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli. Many reform-minded Iranians had refused to participate in an election widely seen as a foregone conclusion. Total voter turnout was just 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, Raisi says he would not meet with US President Joe Biden even if both sides agree on terms to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, in virtue of which Iran had pledged to halt uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of crippling US sanctions. Responding to a question from CNN, the president-elect accuses the United States and the European Union of violating the deal and calls on Biden to lift all sanctions, before adding that Iran’s ballistic missile program “does not is pending negotiation”.

August 5, 2021 – He has been officially sworn in as president.

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