Iran presidential election: Who is Ebrahim Raisi?

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    Iran’s ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim #Raisi was elected president with just under 62 percent of the vote, according to figures released Saturday by Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli. Who is Ebrahim Raisi?

    #Iran #elections

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