PM Khan congrats new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, call him brother
Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated newly elected Iranian President Excellency Ebrahim Raisi on his landmark victory in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 13th Presidential elections, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Imran Khan called the newly elected President of Iran as ‘brother’ and said he looked forward to working with him for further strengthening of our fraternal ties and for regional peace, progress and prosperity.
Congratulations to Excellency brother Ibrahim Raisi @raisi_com on his landmark victory in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 13th Presidential elections. Look forward to working with him for further strengthening of our fraternal ties and for regional peace, progress and prosperity.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 19, 2021
According to international media, Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran’s judiciary, has been hailed as the country’s new president after his three main rivals congratulated him on his victory and preliminary results showed he had secured 17.8m votes, a huge 14.5m more than his nearest rival. With 90 percent of the votes counted, Iranian officials said 28.6 million people had cast their ballots. More than 41 million did so in 2017.
Official results will be published later on Saturday, but it appears Raisi secured well over 50 percent of the vote, avoiding the need for a run-off. His victory means all the arms of government, elected and unelected, are in the grip of conservatives, ending the uneasy dualism of the past eight years when the outgoing centrist president, Hassan Rouhani, found himself at odds with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and conservative clerics.
Neither the financial difficulties, nor the anguish from the threat of Covid19, nor the opposition’s attempts to dishearten the people - starting months ago-, nor the disruptions in the early hours of election day overcame the Iranian nation's determination.#IranElections2021 pic.twitter.com/foKLtpMAEG— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 19, 2021
Rouhani’s presidency became increasingly unpopular as the US imposed sanctions that deprived ordinary Iranians of the economic benefits he had promised would come from signing the 2015 nuclear deal with Washington.
Iran's Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei said, “The winner of yesterday's #elections is the Iranian nation. They have again stood up to the propaganda of the enemy's mercenary media and the urgings of the simple-minded & the ill-wishers. They have displayed their presence in the heart of the country's political arena.”