Iran Observes Five Days of Mourning After President’s Tragic Death

Terhan Iran – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has announced the state mourning for 5 days, after the death of President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi.

Raisi, 63, and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian were killed Saturday when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed in northwestern Iran. The accident took him in the mountains near to the azeri border on Sunday. State media confirmed the incident and reported that the helicopter crashed 3 miles away from the capital Baku due to heavy fog while the officials were aback from a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

The Leader Ayatollah Khamenei sent his condolences to the Iranian nation, asking all of them to stay united at this hard time. It was believed that Raisi was another candidate to inherit Supreme Leader position which was a plus to the country.

To fill this gap, vice president Mohammad Mokhber has been assigned as the acting president, while deputy foreign minister Ali Bagheri Kani has been made the minister of foreign affairs’ acting. Elections to choose of new president are due June 28.

Fars News Agency quoted the Red Crescent Society as saying that the bodies of President Raeisi and other victims have been recovered and evacuated to Tabriz. A funeral procession for the Iranian President will be held on Tuesday in the North-western city of Tabriz, according to the local Iranian news outlet Tasnim.

Raisi has fast-tracked Iran to the future as a hardline cleric president in 2021. Even with rampant criticism of his leadership, a number of nations have sent their condolence to such a leader. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced a national day of mourning and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was ‘deeply sad’ over the tragedy. President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressed his support & solidarity; Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, & President of China, Xi Jinping, also praised to Raisi’s contribution towards Iran’s stability.

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The EU also sent out its condolences with the EU Council President Michel expressing his condolence to the bereaved. Israel’s opponent Hamas and Lebanon based Hezbollah, which both receive aid from Iran, both paid tribute to Raisi for his support of their cause.

But the White House released a new note that spoke up of how Raisi has helped terrorist networks across the region and his poor human rights policy. John Kirby from the White House told to focus on Raisi’s role in the suppression of protestors and Iran’s roles in wars in the Middle East.

Iran can breath a sigh of relief as it heads for election and to mourn the loss of one of its greatest son. Its president. Iranians are uniting to pay a tribute to President Raisi and carry on with nation building.

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