On August 3, 2021, the new president of Iran Ebrahim Raisi was approved by the supreme leader Ali Khamenei. During the regime’s sham election in June, the supreme leader created a scene for Raisi to become the next president, to have someone who will only follow the orders of the supreme leader without questioning them.
Years before Khamenei decided to create a young, efficient, and revolutionary government, following the example of someone like former Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, who was fully obedient to the supreme leader.
But this is just a whole imagination that Raisi’s government could be effective and problem-solving. Because experienced showed that all the recent officials are corrupt people and just thinking about their benefits and the of their families.
Raisi will not appoint any person outside the current corrupt political body. But regardless of the greedy nature of the elements of this government, how is it possible that those who have caused all these crises and unimaginable problems can be the solution?
The first problem is the illegitimacy of this system, which these days we can see in the people’s slogans when they chant ‘death to Khamenei’ and ‘death to the principle of Velayat-e Faqih’ and of course ‘death to Raisi’ on the streets across Iran.
At the same time, the boycott by the election by the people indicates that the people are not compatible with this cruel and brutal regime and its government.
Regardless of this fact, the challenges facing the country and the people are far greater than the stature of this government, as the expertise of its head was and is the repression and the execution of the people over the past four decades.
In this regard, Abbas Abdi from the so-called reformist faction, while pointing out that the people have absolutely no hope that the situation will get better with the arrival of Raisi, but their opinion is that the situation will get worse, warns the president and the elements that are entering his government and said:
“The situation is not favorable at all to start work. Of course, your self have chosen this and you have made promises that cannot be fulfilled, and this society will understand, but the situation has worsened in several ways since June 18, when you have been elected.
“First, in terms of the suspension of the JCPOA negotiations and the closure of the short-term perspective in resolving the issue of sanctions.
“Second, increasing regional tensions that, even if they do not continue, have adverse daily effects on society and the economy.
“Third, the situation in the region and the arrival of the Taliban.
“Fourth, the situation of the coronavirus, which is in the worst condition of the last 18 months, especially since the issue of vaccination has become a complex and difficult issue.
“Fifth, the issue of despair and public protests, from Khuzestan to the issue of cyberspace and the promises that were made during the elections and must be fulfilled, all made the people more pessimistic, more confident and more protesting.” (State-run daily Etemad, August 3, 2021)
The fact is that these problems and crises did not arise overnight to be solved quickly and overnight, these problems are the result of 4 decades of the infamous rule of this regime. Crises that have deeply penetrated the body and soul of society.
It is not without reason that the Jahan-e-Sanat newspaper wrote, citing the statements and comments by Raisi’s relatives:
“The worrying news is that the relatives of Ibrahim Raisi emphasize the critical situation in the country and sometimes say that miracles should not be expected from Raisi and his future government. This position probably means retreating from the promises and visions that Ibrahim Raisi and his like-minded people have already presented to the people. Because the situation has not changed significantly since the last months when those visions and promises were expressed.
“If the members of the 13th government want to hide their inability and justify their inefficiency, then they must work to show the country more devastated.” (Jahan-e-Sanat, August 3, 2021)
The Mostaghel newspaper also predicts that the government of Raisi will be an inefficient and crippled government from now on. This newspaper listed crises, including “increasing sanctions, new coronavirus peaks, water and electricity crises, environmental disasters, and, most importantly, popular protests,” which “all can oust Raisi from the beginning. Especially the new strains of the coronavirus that researchers have predicted will kill one-third of patients.
External problems which the new government will face such as, “severe economic sanctions” while “the way to sell oil and receive revenue is completely closed and the future government budget is in a state of ambiguity.”
It predicts that Raisi’s government has no mechanism and chance to solve all these problems, and “sooner or later we will see strong waves of protests by the people, especially the vulnerable sections of society, against the economic performance of the 13th government.” (Mostaghel, August 3, 2021)
The truth is that the patience and endurance of the people have a ceiling, and soon this regime must face the consequences of the people’s hatred.