Iran elects new President

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    Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi has won a landslide victory in the presidential election. Election officials said Raisi garnered about 62 percent of the vote. The 60-year-old conservative cleric will take over from Hassan Rouhani at a critical time. The country hopes to salvage a nuclear deal Washington walked away from in 2018 and revive an economy hit hard by U.S. sanctions. Chinese President Xi Jinping also sent his congratulations to Raisi. So how can the incoming administration solve the problems on both the domestic and international fronts?

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    Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

    Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

    Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.

    The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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