Helicopter Crash Claims Lives Of Iranian President: What Does This Means For Global Politics?

By Victor Smiroff | Monday, 20 May 2024 04:30 PM
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In a tragic turn of events, Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian were confirmed dead by Iranian state media, following a helicopter crash in a remote region of northwest Iran on Sunday.

The news emerged on Monday after an extensive search and rescue operation.

The crash, shrouded in conflicting reports, occurred under foggy conditions, which hampered immediate rescue efforts. An Iranian official, speaking to Reuters, expressed grave concern, stating, “the lives of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian are at risk following the helicopter crash.”

In the wake of this catastrophe, Vice President Mohammad Mokhber has been appointed as the acting president, while Ali Bagheri Kani has assumed the role of acting Foreign Minister.

The nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, declared five days of public mourning in honor of the deceased leaders. Additionally, cultural events across the country have been suspended for a week.

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CNN shed light on the constitutional procedure for electing new leadership in Iran. According to the Iranian constitution, the three heads of the branches of government, including the acting President, speaker of the parliament, and head of the judiciary, are tasked with arranging an election and choosing a new leader within 50 days of assuming the acting presidency. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, relayed through state news agencies that Mokhber is entrusted with the responsibility of organizing the elections for a new President within the stipulated period.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden, who was called back to the White House from Delaware following the news of the crash, has yet to issue a statement on President Raisi's death.

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