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Spokesman Confirms News of Hardline Raeesi's Appointment As Judiciary Chief

File photo:Ebrahim Raeisi Former Iranian judiciary's first deputy during a press conference on 15 Jun 2014.

The spokesperson for Iran's Judiciary has confirmed that hardline cleric Ebrahim Raeesi, 57, will be Iran's next Judiciary Chief, replacing Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.

Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, told Iranian media on Sunday that he will continue to work with the Judiciary under Raeesi.

Meanwhile, Yahya Kamalipour, a member of the Iranian Parliament's judiciary committee told reporters in Tehran on Sunday that Raeesi will be officially introduced as Judiciary on Thursday March 7.

Raeesi, a hardline cleric, was a contestant in Iran's 2017 presidential elections and won over 15 million votes, but lost the race to President Hassan Rouhani.

It was said during the presidential election campaign that Raisi was one of the judges that sentenced thousands of political prisoners to death in Iran in 1988.

Raeesi's current position is the superintendent of the holy shrine in Mashad.