Iran’s Raisi buried after dying in helicopter crash


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Khamenei, who wields ultimate authority in Iran, declared five days of national mourning and assigned vice president Mokhber, 68, as caretaker president until the June 28 election.

A presidential election in Iran had not been expected until next year, and the crash has caused some uncertainty as to who will succeed Raisi, with some expressing concern about the upcoming president.

“How do I find someone like him? I’m really worried about that,” said 31-year-old cleric Mohsen at Wednesday’s gathering in Tehran. “As far as I know, we don’t have anyone of his stature.”

Raisi was elected president in 2021, succeeding the moderate Hassan Rouhani at a time when the economy was battered by US sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear activities.

The ultra-conservative’s time in office saw mass protests, a deepening economic crisis and unprecedented armed exchanges with arch-enemy Israel.

After his death, Russia and China sent their condolences, as did NATO, while the UN Security Council observed a minute’s silence.

Messages of condolence also flooded in from Iran’s allies around the region, including the Syrian government as well as Hamas and Hezbollah.



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