Iran’s Vice President, Mohammad Mokhber to Replace Raisi After Death in Helicopter Crash

Mohammad Mokhber, Iran’s first vice president, is expected to assume the presidency following the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.


This development comes as the country prepares for early elections.

According to the Iranian constitution, the first vice president is mandated to take over presidential duties in cases of the president’s death, dismissal, resignation, prolonged absence, or illness lasting more than two months.

Raisi, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials, perished in the crash on Sunday. Raisi was approaching the end of his initial four-year term in office.

Mokhber’s interim presidency will require the approval of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate authority over all state matters.

According to the constitution, presidential elections to select a permanent successor must be held within 50 days.

A council comprising the parliament speaker, the head of the judiciary, and the vice president will be responsible for organizing the national vote.

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Mokhber, 68, was appointed vice president when Raisi assumed office in August 2021.

The vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, was born in Dezful city in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, where he has held various official positions.

Since 2007, Mokhber has chaired the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order, a governmental organization that manages properties confiscated after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Established in the 1980s, this foundation has evolved into a significant state economic conglomerate with interests in various sectors.

Iranians have been heading to the polls for presidential elections every four years since the Islamic Republic’s first vote in 1980. The constitution limits presidents to two terms.

In Iran, there is no prime minister; the president, with the assistance of several vice presidents, is responsible for appointing and directing the cabinet.

Source: APF (Punch)

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