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Iranian hardliner, Ebrahim Raisi, sworn in as new president

Ebrahim Raisi has officially been sworn in as Iran’s eighth president in a ceremony on Thursday.

Raisi has been linked to human rights abuses and sanctioned by the U.S. He is a protégé of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (Read more here.)

He was officially endorsed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday when Raisi said he will continue talks to revive the country’s 2015 nuclear deal from which former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. unilaterally in 2018.

“We will definitely pursue the lifting of tyrannical sanctions, but we will definitely not allow people’s financial ability and the economy to be impacted by it," he said. "We will not link the sanctions to outsiders’ wishes.”

Read more: IRAN THREAT
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