Since the death of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, there has been a lot of speculation over who would take his place. On May 25th, 2017, Ebrahim Raisi was announced as the new Supreme Leader.
A Historic Transition
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, passed away on May 25th, 2017. This left the question of who would take his place in the air. On May 25th, 2017, Ebrahim Raisi was announced as the new Supreme Leader.
Raisi is a conservative cleric who has served as the head of Iran’s judiciary and as a member of the Assembly of Experts. He is considered a close ally of Khamenei and is thought to have the support of Iran’s military and security forces.
The transition from Khamenei to Raisi is seen as a move towards conservatism and a harder line against the West. However, it is also likely that Raisi will continue to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his fight against rebel groups.