Iran’s VP Mokhber To Replace Raisi

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

The Iranian constitution stipulates that the first vice president take over “in the event of the president’s death, dismissal, resignation, absence or illness for more than two months”.

Raisi, who died on Sunday along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials, was nearing the end of his first four-year term as president.

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Mokhber’s interim appointment was approved by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has announced five days of mourning for President Ebrahim Raisi, the foreign minister and other officials who died in a helicopter crash.

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