Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Hardline conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi was formally sworn into office as Iran's president Thursday, two months after his election victory.
Raisi became the nation's eighth president since the 1979 revolution in a ceremony held at the Iranian Parliament. He took the oath of office after Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, speaker of the Iranian Parliament, and Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, Iran's judiciary chief, gave speeches.
Mohseni Ejei said the judiciary stood ready to help Raisi's new government fight corruption.
Dignitaries from more than 80 countries attended the ceremony.
During Tuesday's event, Raisi promised to lift "cruel sanctions" imposed by the United States and promised not to tie Iran's future with any country in the West. He said he planned to continue talks with world powers concerning the 2015 nuclear deal.