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Who takes over the presidency of Iran after the death of Ebrahim Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday the 19th

After the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on Sunday 19th, the inauguration of Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber is expected. However, this succession occurs only with the approval of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, who holds final authority over all state affairs in Iran.

Mokhber’s government will be transitional, as the Iranian Constitution provides that a council, made up of the vice president, the speaker of Parliament and the head of the judiciary, must organize elections to choose a new president within 50 days. Raisi was elected in 2021 and his mandate would last until 2025.

Death of Ebrahim Raisi

The plane with President Raisi on board suffered a plane crash due to bad weather conditions. Raisi was returning from an official trip to Azerbaijan, where he had participated together with President Ilham Aliyev in the inauguration of a dam.

In the early hours of this Monday the 20th (Brasilia time), search teams located Raisi’s plane and his entourage. “There was no sign that the passengers were alive,” said the president of the Iranian Red Crescent, an Iranian non-governmental humanitarian organization.

According to the IRNA news agency, the helicopter crashed on Sunday in the region between the cities of Varzaqan and Jolfa in East Azerbaijan province.

Ebrahim Raisi had long been a prominent figure in the country. As president, he oversaw all government work and was the second most powerful person in Iran’s political structure, after the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, of whom he is seen as a protégé and possible successor in his position in the Shia theocracy of the country. He was seen as an intransigent and ultra-conservative politician.

Raisi was 63 years old and a hard-line cleric who was elected president of Iran in 2021. During his tenure as president, he oversaw a strategy to expand his country’s regional influence, supporting proxy militants throughout the Middle East, accelerating the country’s nuclear power. program and bringing the country to the brink of war with Israel.

However, during the same period, Iran experienced the largest anti-government protests in decades and a severe economic slowdown caused by international sanctions and high unemployment.

Who is the successor Mohammad Mokhber

Mohammad Mokhber, 69, was born in the city of Dezful. Before becoming First Vice President, he led the Execution of the Order of Imam Khomeini (EIKO), a parastatal organization with great influence in almost all sectors of the Iranian economy. EIKO is directly overseen by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

In 2021, close to the election, Mokhber was sanctioned by the US government due to his participation in EIKO. American authorities allege that the organization has committed several violations of the rights of political opponents, religious minorities and Iranians in exile through the appropriation of property. Mokhber, in turn, argues that EIKO aims to achieve a resistance economy in the country.

Source: Terra

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