0806 GMT September 18, 2021
SeyyedEbrahimRaeisi is set to be sworn in today before Iran’s Parliament, two days after the Leader endorsed him to become the eighth president of the Islamic Republic.
The oath-taking ceremony will kick off at 5 p.m. local time with dozens of foreign delegates and senior Iranian officials in attendance.
According to the Iranian Parliament’s Presiding Board, 115 officials from 73 countries will take part in the inauguration of the new president, who won the June 18 presidential election with more than 18 million votes.
They include 10 heads of state, 20 parliament speakers, 11 foreign ministers, 10 ministers, as well as special envoys, deputy parliament speakers and chairmen of parliamentary commissions and parliamentary delegations.
The heads of 11 international and regional organizations, along with the representative of the UN chief, the envoy of Pope Francis, officials from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the European Union (EU), the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, also known as Developing-8, have been invited to the event.
Some 170 domestic and foreign journalists have received invitations to provide coverage of the event.
Raeisi’s endorsement on Tuesday marked his formal accession to the office. After taking the oath of office, he will submit his proposed government lineup to lawmakers for a vote of confidence.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei advised the 60-year-old conservative president to swiftly form his cabinet, adding that “the country’s circumstances do not warrant a delay” in the process.
Raeisi, a former Judiciary chief, replaces moderate Hassan Rouhani.
In his inauguration speech on Tuesday, he said the new government would seek to lift “cruel” US sanctions, but would “not tie the nation’s standard of living to the will of foreigners”.
“We believe the people’s economic position is unfavorable both because of the hostility of our enemies and because of the shortcomings and problems inside the country,” Raeisi said.