Iran swears in new hard-line president amid regional tension

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran has sworn in Ebrahim Raisi, a protégé of the country’s supreme leader, as its new president. The inauguration on Thursday completes hard-liners’ dominance of all branches of government in the Islamic Republic. Raisi is a former judiciary chief known for his distrust of the West. He takes the reins at a tense time.

Iran’s indirect talks with the U.S. to salvage Tehran’s landmark 2015 nuclear deal have stalled.

Washington maintains crippling sanctions on the country and regional hostilities simmer.

Raisi won a landslide victory in an election that disqualified his strongest challengers and saw the lowest voter turnout in the nation’s history.