News ID: 314087
Published: 0308 GMT June 20, 2021

Raeisi vows to form anti-corruption gov’t

Raeisi vows to form anti-corruption gov’t

President-elect to hold press conference today

Iran’s President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi vowed to make good on his campaign pledges and try to form a “hard-working, revolutionary, and anti-corruption” government, a day after an election that saw him winning overwhelmingly.

“Yesterday, the world once again witnessed a great epic created by an upstanding nation, which opened a new page in modern history before itself with faith, insight and solidarity,” Raeisi said in a statement on Saturday evening, hours after he was declared the winner of Iran’s 13th presidential election, Press TV reported.

He added that the one who was elected in the June 18 presidential election belongs to the whole nation and is a “servant of the Republic in its entirety, whether those who voted for him or the ones who chose the other honorable candidates, or even those who did not turn up at the ballot box for whatever reason.

Raeisi thanked the Iranian people for all the support they threw behind him and said the winner of the “brilliant spectacle” on the world stage was the great nation of Iran, echoing the views of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

“Dear Iranian nation! You made good on your pledge yesterday with all honesty and, today, it is the turn of… this servant of yours to honor the pledge he made to you and not be negligent, even for a single second, in serving you,” Raeisi said.

“Dear people of Iran, just as I entered the election [scene] as an independent, God willing, I will form a hard-working, revolutionary, and anti-corruption government, with the backing of your votes and the unique trust you put in me,” he added.

As the “central mission of the Islamic Revolution,” he added, his administration would move toward establishing justice and launching a great campaign of providing service to Iranians.

Raeisi also expressed gratitude for all those in charge of holding the election, journalists, media workers, and social media activists, who paved the way for a “vigorous turnout” in the election, despite all acts of mischief on the part of the enemies.

He became president after winning nearly 62% of the vote in Friday’s election.

Raeisi, a conservative politician, has been the chief of Iran’s Judiciary since 2019. The cleric has formerly held several other posts in Iran’s judicial branch since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

He was campaigning with the slogan “Popular Administration, Strong Iran” on a platform of uprooting corruption in the executive branch, fighting poverty, creating jobs, containing inflation and corruption.

The 61-year-old president-elect is set to hold a press conference in Tehran today with domestic and foreign reporters in attendance.



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