Iran: Ebrahim Raisi

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Role: President of Iran (head of government) (2021-24)

Ebrahim Raisi rose through the ranks as a staunch conservative and advocate for strict adherence to Islamic law. With a background rooted in seminary education, Raisi held several key positions on his journey to the presidency, including prosecutor general and custodian of Astan Quds Razavi.

He was elected president in 2021. Known for his anti-corruption crusades and state-led economic development stance, Raisi prioritised regional relations, particularly with neighbouring and Asian powers, while maintaining a reserved approach towards Europe and North America. He also oversaw a harsh crackdown on nationwide protests, following the death in police custody of Marsha Amini in September 2022.

Raisi died alongside foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and others when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in poor weather in East Azerbaijan province on 19 May 2024.

Social media- X: @raisi_com

Social media- Instagram: @raisi.ir

Social media- Telegram: @ebrahimraisi1400

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The influence chart above illustrates the connections and relationships across key areas of Iranian politics and business, centred around Rahbar (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.