Iran’s president-elect to be sworn in at parliament in early August

Iran’s president-elect to be sworn in at parliament in early August
Iran’s president-elect to be sworn in at parliament in early August

Iranian President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian will be sworn in before parliament in early August as the Islamic Republic’s ninth president, state media reported Sunday.

“The inauguration ceremony of the president will take place on August 4 or 5,” the official IRNA news agency reported, citing Mojtaba Yosefi, a member of the parliamentary presidency.

Pezeshkian will then have “15 days to present his proposed ministers to Parliament for a vote of confidence.”

The election, which was held early after the death of ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on May 19, took place amid a public outcry over the economy, which has been hit hard by Western sanctions.

The inauguration ceremony will take place after the official approval of Pezeshkian’s election by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In Iran, the president has limited powers and is responsible for implementing the main policy lines set out by the supreme leader, who is the head of state and the person ultimately responsible for strategic decisions.

The reformist Pezeshkian, 69, defeated ultra-conservative Said Jalili in the second round of the presidential election on Friday.

Pezeshkian won around 54% of the votes, compared to almost 44% for Jalili, out of around 30 million votes cast. Voter turnout stood at 49.8%.

On Sunday, Iranian newspapers called for “unity” under the leadership of the newly elected president.

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AFP

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