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Helicopter crash in Iran: President Reichi and Minister…

Helicopter crash in Iran: President Reichi and Minister…

The death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raichi Who was with other officials on board the Bell 212 helicopter that crashed yesterday, Sunday, in a mountainous area in very bad weather conditions.

Iranian media reported that the President of the Islamic Republic, Ebrahim Raichi, 63 years old, who was elected in 2021, and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdullahian, 60 years old, who also took office in 2021, and other officials were on board the plane. The helicopter. They are all dead.

Although there is no official confirmation at this stage, Mehr News Agency reported that “all” those on board the helicopter were “martyred.”

A senior Iranian official told Reuters that President Raisi, the Foreign Minister, and all passengers on the helicopter were killed in the accident.

“The Ayatollah was martyred,” Tasnim News Agency wrote in its post.

It is noteworthy that in the early hours of Monday, The wreckage of the helicopter that crashed due to weather conditions was found. Rescue teams braved snowstorms as they worked through rugged terrain throughout the night to reach the wreckage in East Azerbaijan province in the early hours of Monday morning.

Helicopter crash in Iran: President Raisi and Foreign Minister killed
The wreckage of the helicopter carrying the Iranian president.
Source: Reuters
Ibrahim Raisi
Ibrahim Raisi

Drone footage of the wreckage was captured by the Red Crescent and broadcast by Iranian state media. Fars News Agency showed the crash site on a steep, wooded hillside, leaving only a little of the helicopter behind the blue and white tail.

Earlier, a Turkish drone spotted a heat source and estimated it to be the wreckage of the helicopter that was carrying Ibrahim Raisi. “The coordinates were shared with the Iranian authorities.” Anadolu also uploaded the thermal camera video.

Vice President Mukaber will serve as interim president

After Raishi’s death, Vice President Mohammad Mokaber, 69 years old, will temporarily assume the position of president in Iran, subject to the approval of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, until elections are held.

The Iranian constitution requires the three heads of government – the vice president, the speaker of parliament, and the head of the judiciary – to hold elections to choose a new president within 50 days of the vice president assuming the position of interim president of the country. It is worth noting that the Supreme Leader of Iran acts as the final arbiter of internal and external affairs in the Islamic Republic, overriding the powers of the country’s president. In contrast to his predecessor, moderate former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Raichi has forged a close alliance with Khamenei. Many Iranians believe that Raichi is being groomed to succeed Khamenei.

It should be noted that in July 2010, the European Union included Moppert on the list of persons and entities it has imposed sanctions for their alleged involvement in “nuclear or ballistic activities.” Two years later, the official was removed from the list.

The Iranian second-in-command had served in the medical department of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for decades.

Mokaber is said to have reached his high position by managing many of Ali Khamenei’s financial affairs for years, as well as serving as the Ayatollah and Raichi’s chief expert on how Iran’s economy has brilliantly withstood Western sanctions for years.

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