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  • Updated: May 20, 2024

Iran gets acting president following Raisi's demise

Iran gets acting president following Raisi's demise

Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei has announced the appointment of Mohammad Mokhber as the Acting President of the country following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday in a helicopter crash.

The acting president, until his appointment on Monday was the country's first vice president.

Mokhber succeeds Raisi following the helicopter crash that claimed his life and other top Iranian government officials, including the country’s Foreign Minister, Amir Abdollahian.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Khamenei's appointment of the Acting President was contained in a condolence message on the death of Raisi and others.

The Iranian supreme leader described the deceased as a popular, capable, hard working and indefatigable President, expressing sadness at the “bitter news of his martyrdom”.

The leader explained that the appointment was in accordance with the country's constitution, Article 131 stating that the first vice president would be appointed at the helm of the executive arm.

He added that the Acting President was duty-bound to make arrangements for electing a new president within 50 days and in collaboration with the country's parliament speaker and the judiciary chief.

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