How Did Iran President Ebrahim Raisi Die, What Happens Next?

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi accompanied by Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was in the same Bell 212 chopper, whose last location was reported from Dizmar forest and mountainous district between Uzi and Pir Dawood villages. The crash reportedly happened due to severe weather and an extremely foggy situation in the region. Following the death of Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, is likely to take over as the interim president.
Iran President Ebrahim Raisi

Iran President Ebrahim Raisi

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Tehran, Iran: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and others on board the helicopter that crashed a day ago in the northwest of the country have all died, according to state media Press TV. This comes after local media reported that no survivors were found at the helicopter crash site involving the Iranian President and foreign minister.
The country's leader accompanied by Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was in the same Bell 212 chopper, whose last location was reported from Dizmar forest and mountainous district between Uzi and Pir Dawood villages. The crash reportedly happened due to severe weather and an extremely foggy situation in the region.
According to Iran’s Mehr news agency, apart from Raeisi, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran's East Azerbaijan Province Governor Malek Rahmati, and Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem, the representative of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution to East Azarbaijan province, among other people were killed in the incident.
Iran’s Red Crescent said, “No signs of the helicopter’s occupants being alive” after arriving at the helicopter’s crash site.
State news agency IRNA reported, "Upon the martyrdom of the president and the minister of foreign affairs, the government cabinet convened an urgent meeting."

What Happens Next?

If a president dies in office, article 131 of the Islamic Republic's constitution says that the first vice president - who is Mohammad Mokhber - takes over, with the confirmation of the supreme leader, who has the final say in all matters of state in Iran.
Hence, following the death of Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, is likely to take over as the interim president. As interim president, Mokhber will be a member of a three-person council, which also includes the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary. The council will be responsible for organising a new presidential election within 50 days following the president’s death.
Raisi was elected president in 2021 and, under the usual timetable, a presidential election had been due to take place in 2025. Under constitutional rules, it can now be expected to take place by early July.
Raisi, 63, previously ran Iran’s judiciary. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2017 against Hassan Rouhani, the relatively moderate cleric who as president reached Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
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