Tehran: The new President Ibrahim Raisi was sworn in in Parliament on Thursday. Iran is facing an economy that has been hit hard by US sanctions, a severe health crisis, and difficult negotiations on the 2015 nuclear agreement.
After the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took office, the ultra-conservative former attorney general officially began his four-year term on Tuesday.
Raisi succeeded the moderate Hassan Rouhani, whose milestone achievement during his two-term presidency was the 2015 agreement between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers.
After former President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement and re-impose severe sanctions in 2018, the country has been struggling to deal with a serious economic and social crisis.
“We believe that the people’s economic situation is unfavorable, not only because of the hostility of our enemies, but also because of domestic shortcomings and problems,” Raisy said on Tuesday.
He added that his new government will seek to lift “oppressive” sanctions, but it will not “link the country’s standard of living with the wishes of foreigners.”
The 60-year-old man faced warnings from the United States, Britain and Israel to Iran for a fatal tanker attack last week, and Tehran denied responsibility.
Iran is also battling the deadliest Covid-19 pandemic in the Middle East, with more than 4 million cases and more than 92,000 deaths.