MEK Iran: Raisi’s New Cabinet
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s new president, announced his appointments for the heads of several government departments, he revealed a lot about the policies that may be expected from his administration.
The Iranian Opposition revealed Raisi’s terrible history
The Iranian Opposition revealed Raisi’s terrible history in 2017 when Khamenei initially put him forth as the country’s possible president, as part of a nationwide campaign for justice for the victims of the 1988 execution of political prisoners.
Raisi suffered a huge loss and disgrace as a result of the public boycott, which was combined with the mobilization of Khamenei’s opposing factions.
Ebrahim Raisi’s cabinet is already a catastrophic event
Ebrahim Raisi’s cabinet is already a catastrophic event. Four of the finalists (Ahmad Vahidi, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, Ezattollah Zarghami, and Rostam Ghasemi) are sanctioned by the US and Europe.
Raisi’s choice to lead the Interior Ministry, Vahidi, is wanted by Interpol for his role in the AMIA bombings in Buenos Aires in 1994. In June 1996, he also organized and led the terrorist attack on the Khobar buildings in Saudi Arabia.
IRGC Quds Force liaison to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the former foreign minister’s successor, was ousted by Javad Zarif in the middle of an increasing political battle. The US has identified Abdollahian as a terrorist because of his alleged role as the IRGC Quds Force liaison to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as a person whom Khamenei trusted to coordinate with the regime’s proxy groups such as the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Raisi’s cabinet is well-connected among conservative authorities, but not unusually qualified, as evidenced by this. Only three of the nineteen candidates had previously served in a ministry under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Within Khamenei’s inner circle
Within Khamenei’s inner circle, the cabinet is an extremely tight-knit group. Four of the ministers have served in a judiciary that has carried out thousands of executions. At least eleven of them are known to have served in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Basij, or Quds Force.
At least three of the ministers have served in the office of the supreme leader, while eight have headed large financial companies linked to Khamenei. The vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, a Khamenei relative who has been the head of EIKO and numerous other financial organizations since July 2007, is the cherry on top.
Widespread unrest, diplomatic isolation, and regional hostility
The foundation speaks on its own: Iran’s supreme leader has appointed a crew that is close to himself for a reason. Faced with widespread unrest, diplomatic isolation, and regional hostility, the supreme leader is bracing himself for the worst.
Since the upheavals that began in 2017, Iranian society has disturbed the regime’s enforcement with large protests that have all included calls for the dictator’s death.
The pandemic is sweeping across Iran
The pandemic is sweeping across Iran, and hundreds of new families are joining the ranks of furious Iranians who are protesting Khamenei’s fatwa banning Covid-19 vaccines from the United States and the United Kingdom. Power blackouts, water shortages, unpaid wages, and a slew of other national concerns all add to a continual outpouring of public rage.
There’s little doubt that Ebrahim Raisi and his cabinet will do everything necessary to keep the regime together, but whether the ruling elite’s ever-shrinking ranks can block the masses from storming the government’s luxurious palaces is a near-impossible task.