TEHRAN (Iran News) – The Islamic Republic of Iran in recent days had been busy with holding two ceremonies regarding the endorsement and swear-in where its eighth president, Hojjatoleslam Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, officially took office as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
More than 100 officials from 82 countries took part in Raisi’s inauguration ceremony, including 10 heads of state, 20 parliament speakers, 11 foreign ministers and 10 ministers, as well as special envoys, deputy parliament speakers and chairmen of parliamentary commissions and parliamentary delegations.
A high-level delegation from the European Union (EU), led by the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora, has participated in Raisi’s inauguration. The presence of this amount of foreign guests bespeaks the significance of Raisi’s presidency for the world as well as the Iranian nation.
The new president opens a new era for the Islamic Republic of Iran and its nation while the country is struggling with several domestic and foreign challenges and problems. After the exit of a pro-West government, now a revolutionary President has taken office in the country and it is expected him to bring back the country to the course of prosperity and more successes and to correct the mistakes of the former governments.
At first, President Raisi should pick of a revolutionary cabinet, comprised of skilful and committed ministers, in order to rebuild the executive system. The former president and his team had pinned his and their hopes on talks with the West and had closed their eyes on the domestic potentials and capabilities but the new president has different view and is more focused on the domestic capabilities.
President Raisi’s presidential election campaign slogan has been to fight the corruption and to promote the justice in the country where it had been missed badly during President Hassan Rouhani’s era. Picking up the committed, skilful and sincere and above of all young and energetic ministers can help the new president and the government to restore public trust to the government and establishment which has been damaged during President Rouhani’s terms.
As Raisi has reiterated, he will not tie the national economy or affairs to the relations with the West or any country in the world or to the JCPOA talks in Vienna but he has reiterated that his government welcomes any talks with the world but it does not mean that Iran would retreat from its rights because of the talks. The new president has also said that diplomacy must strengthen relations among nations of the region.
President’s major domestic challenges are coronavirus pandemic, inflation and the economy which have put the country in a unstable condition because of the passiveness of the former government. Now the nation, especially the middleclass and working class in the country, has pinned its hopes on Raisi’s revolutionary decisions to recover the national economy especially the inflation and unemployment and to stop spread of economic corrupt especially in the government body.
The countdown has begun for a new era in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the return of unity and trust to the country which has been badly damaged during the former government and Raisi has proved during his two years in the Judiciary that he is able to reform the executive system and to clean it from the corruption and unnecessary bureaucratic process which is a major hurdle in way of the national progress. Because of the good performance in the Judiciary, people have voted for Raisi as president and with the backing of his 18 million voters, he can do drastic reshuffle in the executive system that the nation expects it.
The nation should not expect him to resolve the problems overnight because the problems created by the former governments are so that Raisi needs more time to overcome them. Now everybody is waiting for his picks for the cabinet which is very important for the future of the government and the nation. He needs a revolutionary government to bring back the country to the correct economic track which has been derailed during Rouhani’s era. As the country is encircled with enemies’ plots and threats, the president needs an all-out support.
The president, as he has promised in the past, should rely more on the domestic potentials and pick-up in the domestic production which will accelerate the economic boom in the country. He needs unity and cooperation of all walks of the life in country to sail the country out of the current woes and as he has repeatedly said, he is the president of all 88m Iranians and not just the president of those 18m people who have voted for him. As a popular proverb says, “In unity there is strength”.