Iran President-Elect Pezeshkian to Be Sworn In on July 30

Wed Jul 10 2024
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TEHRAN: Iran’s reformist president-elect, Masoud Pezeshkian, will take the oath of office in parliament on July 30, a member of the legislature’s presiding board, Mojtaba Yousefi, said on Wednesday, AFP reported.

Mojtaba Yousefi announced the date, stating, “The swearing-in ceremony of Masoud Pezeshkian will be held on July 30,” according to the state news agency IRNA.

Earlier in the week, Yousefi had said that the ceremony might take place on August 4 or 5.

Masoud Pezeshkian, a 69-year-old reformist, emerged victorious in a second-round runoff election held last Friday. He secured approximately 54 percent of the vote from over 30 million ballots cast, defeating Saeed Jalili.

The election was prompted by the untimely death of former President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash in May. In Iran’s political structure, while the president holds significant influence, ultimate authority rests with the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has held the position for the past 35 years.

Pezeshkian, known for his reformist stance, is expected to inherit a presidency facing both domestic and international challenges, including economic pressures exacerbated by international sanctions.

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