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Some variety possible in new Iranian president's cabinet

With Iranian news outlets speculating about Raisi’s future cabinet, some analysts believe he will form an inclusive government — within limits.
Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi delivers speech at the Imam Reza shrine in the city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran, on June 22, 2021. - On June 19 the 60-year-old was named the winner of the Islamic republic's presidential election, set to take over from moderate Hassan Rouhani in August. (Photo by Mohsen ESMAEILZADEH / ISNA NEWS AGENCY / AFP) (Photo by MOHSEN ESMAEILZADEH/ISNA NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran’s Interior Ministry announced the official results of the presidential election, cementing President-elect Ebrahim Raisi's win at over 18 million votes. Raisi received over 60% of the vote in an an election that saw record low turnout of just 48%. In second place was voided votes, many of them protest votes over the mass disqualification of candidates that paved the way for Raisi’s landslide victory.

Raisi chose his hometown of Mashhad for his first post-election speech on June 22. Speaking at the site of the Imam Reza shrine, Raisi focused on general religious issues and the need for an Islamic government that is in service of the people. He did not get into specifics on his cabinet, and media outlets are speculating about his administration.

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