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Iranian President Confirmed Dead: Causes of Helicopter Crash Under Investigation

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Tragedy struck Iran on Sunday morning as President Ebrahim Raisi, along with several high-ranking officials, perished in a helicopter crash in the mountains of East Azerbaijan province. Among the casualties was Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, marking a devastating loss for the nation’s leadership.

The confirmation of President Raisi’s death came from various sources, including Ali Reza Dawari, Head of the Communication Department in Ahmadinejad’s presidency, and Pir Hossein Kolivand, the head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society. Reports indicated that there were no survivors among the passengers on board the crashed helicopter. The president was reportedly en route to Tabriz, a city in northwestern Iran, following his visit to the border with Azerbaijan, where he inaugurated the Qiz Qalasi and Khodaafarin dams.

The helicopter was part of a convoy of three aircraft, highlighting the gravity of the incident and the scale of the loss. Rescue efforts were hindered by adverse weather conditions and rugged terrain, necessitating the use of drones to approach the crash site. Upon arrival, rescuers discovered the charred wreckage of the aircraft, further confirming the severity of the crash. Sadly, no signs of life were detected, reinforcing the grim likelihood of no survivors, as reported by Reuters and Iranian state media.

President Raisi, aged 63, had assumed office in 2021, making his tenure tragically short-lived. In the wake of his untimely death, Vice President Mohammad Mokhber is expected to assume the responsibilities of the presidency, contingent upon certain conditions.

According to Iran’s constitutional provisions, the emergency succession process requires the approval of the supreme guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who serves as the country’s highest authority and head of state. Additionally, the vice president assuming the presidency is a temporary measure, as they are mandated to call for elections within a short timeframe.

The loss of President Raisi and his accompanying officials leaves a void in Iran’s leadership, prompting mourning and reflection across the nation. As investigations into the causes of the helicopter crash continue, the Iranian people grapple with the sudden departure of their president and the uncertain road ahead for their country’s governance.

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