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Iran concludes polls to replace president killed in helicopter crash

Iranians voted on Friday to replace the late President Ebrahim Raisi, who was killed in a May helicopter crash in the country's northwest along with the foreign minister and several other officials. Analysts broadly described the race as a three-way contest. There are two hard-liners, former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and the parliament speaker, Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf. Then there's the reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian, who has aligned himself with those seeking a return to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. After record-low turnout in recent elections, it remains unclear how many Iranians will take part in Friday's poll. While 85-year-old Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has final say on all matters of state, presidents can bend Iran toward confrontation or negotiations with the West. Currently: As Iran's presidential vote looms, tensions boil over regarding a renewed headscarf crackdown. An analysis explores how no matter who wins Iran's election, much may

Iran concludes polls to replace president killed in helicopter crash
Updated On : 29 Jun 2024 | 6:56 AM IST

Iran opens registration prez polls after helicopter crash killed Raisi

Iran opened a five-day registration period Thursday for hopefuls wanting to run in the June 28 presidential election to replace the late Ebrahim Raisi, who was killed in a helicopter crash earlier this month with seven others. The election comes as Iran grapples with the aftermath of the May 19 crash, as well as heightened tensions between Tehran and the United States, and protests including those over the 2022 death of Mahsa Amini that have swept the country. While Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 85, maintains final say over all matters of state, presidents in the past have bent the Islamic Republic of Iran toward greater interaction or increased hostility with the West. The five-day period will see those between the ages of 40 to 75 with at least a master's degree register as potential candidates. All candidates ultimately must be approved by Iran's 12-member Guardian Council, a panel of clerics and jurists ultimately overseen by Khamenei. That panel has never accepted a ..

Iran opens registration prez polls after helicopter crash killed Raisi
Updated On : 30 May 2024 | 12:52 PM IST

Raisi's helicopter caught fire post crash, no sign of attack, says military

The helicopter carrying Iran's late President Ebrahim Raisi caught fire soon after it crashed into a mountain and there was no sign it was attacked, state media reported, citing the military's crash investigators. The statement from the general staff of the armed forces in charge of investigating the crash was read on state television late Thursday. The first statement on the crash did not lay blame but said more details would come after further investigation. The crash Sunday killed Raisi, the country's foreign minister and six other people. The general staff's statement said the communications between the control tower and the crew of the helicopter before the crash contained nothing suspicious. It said the last communication of the crashed helicopter was between it and two helicopters accompanying it some 90 seconds before the crash. There was no sign of anything shot at the helicopter and its flight path did not change, the statement said. The aging Bell helicopter went down i

Raisi's helicopter caught fire post crash, no sign of attack, says military
Updated On : 25 May 2024 | 12:33 AM IST

Iran prepares to bury late President Raisi, foreign minister and others

Iran on Thursday prepared to inter its late president at the holiest site for Shiite Muslims in the Islamic Republic, a final sign of respect for a protege of Iran's supreme leader killed in a helicopter crash earlier this week. President Ebrahim Raisi's burial at the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad caps days of processionals through much of Iran, seeking to bolster the country's theocracy after the crash killing him, the country's foreign minister and six others. However, the services have not drawn the same crowd as those who gathered for services for Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in 2020, slain by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad. It's a potential sign of the public's feelings about Raisi's presidency that saw the government harshly crack down on all dissent during protests over the 2022 death of Mahsa Amini, detained for allegedly not wearing her mandatory headscarf to authorities' liking. That crackdown, as well as Iran's struggling economy, have gone unmentioned in the

Iran prepares to bury late President Raisi, foreign minister and others
Updated On : 23 May 2024 | 12:54 PM IST

From London to LA, Iranians overseas cheer & fear, after president's death

Among Iranian communities from London to Los Angeles, few tears are being shed over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi, killed in a weekend helicopter crash. But there are not always loud cheers, either. While some hope the demise of a powerful figure in Iran's authoritarian Islamic government may bring change, others fear it could result in more repression. It's a better world without him, said Maryam Namazie, a UK-based women's rights campaigner. He is one of the pillars of the Islamic regime of Iran. He has been there since its inception. But, she added: Raisi, however much of a pillar he was, is expendable. There are many others to take his place. Inside Iran, authorities are keeping a tight lid on reaction to the crash that killed Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and six others. The government declared five days of mourning, encouraging people into the streets in displays of public grief and support. Prosecutors have warned Iranians against any public ...

From London to LA, Iranians overseas cheer & fear, after president's death
Updated On : 22 May 2024 | 2:00 PM IST

Iran's centre of power moves from clerical slippers to combat boots

With Raisi gone, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the most powerful arm of Iran's military is now well placed to become more powerful

Iran's centre of power moves from clerical slippers to combat boots
Updated On : 22 May 2024 | 10:44 AM IST

VP Dhankhar leaves for Tehran to attend President Raisi's funeral

Meanwhile thousands of people took to the streets in Iran as the funeral ceremony of Raisi began Friday in the city of Tabriz

VP Dhankhar leaves for Tehran to attend President Raisi's funeral
Updated On : 22 May 2024 | 9:36 AM IST

President Ebrahim Raisi declared dead: What's next for Iran's leadership

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and others, were confirmed dead on Monday, a day after their helicopter crashed in the mountainous northwest

President Ebrahim Raisi declared dead: What's next for Iran's leadership
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 9:45 PM IST

Iranian prez death: Indian govt announces one-day state mourning on May 21

A one-day state mourning will be observed across India on Tuesday as a mark of respect for Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash, the Union Home Ministry has announced. The national flag will be flown at half-mast on all buildings where it is regularly flown across India and there will be no official entertainment during the period of state mourning. The Iranian president, the country's foreign minister and several other officials were found dead on Monday, hours after their helicopter crashed in a foggy, mountainous region of the country's northwest, Iran state media reported. A home ministry spokesperson said Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Hossein Amit-Abdollahian, the country's foreign minister, passed away in a helicopter crash. "As a mark of respect to the departed dignitaries, the government of India has decided that there will be one day's state mourning on May 21 (Tuesday) throughout India," the spokesperson ..

Iranian prez death: Indian govt announces one-day state mourning on May 21
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 7:09 PM IST

Ebrahim Raisi death: Here's a list of other leaders who died in air crashes

After Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was announced dead following a helicopter crash, here's a look at other prominent leaders who have died in air disasters

Ebrahim Raisi death: Here's a list of other leaders who died in air crashes
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 3:23 PM IST

Iran's supremo approves Mokhber as interim Prez, declares 5 days mourning

Iran now has a maximum period of 50 days before a presidential election must be held to choose Raisi's successor

Iran's supremo approves Mokhber as interim Prez, declares 5 days mourning
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 3:06 PM IST

Who is Mohammad Mokhber, the man set to become Iran's interim president?

Mokhber was part of a team of Iranian officials who visited Moscow in October and agreed to supply surface-to-surface missiles and more drones to Russia's military

Who is Mohammad Mokhber, the man set to become Iran's interim president?
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 3:05 PM IST

Iranian President's Raisi death leaves Khamenei's succession in focus

His death, along with that of Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, was announced by state media early on Monday after rescuers spent hours trying to locate and reach the accident site

Iranian President's Raisi death leaves Khamenei's succession in focus
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 2:51 PM IST

Ebrahim Raisi's death: Israel denies role; Iran gets interim prez. Updates

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has been declared dead in the helicopter crash, which took place on Sunday in the mountainous northwest of Iran. The crash site has been located near Tavil village

Ebrahim Raisi's death: Israel denies role; Iran gets interim prez. Updates
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 2:46 PM IST

Iran's Cabinet holds emergency meeting after President Raisi's death

Iran's Cabinet held an emergency meeting as state media announced the death of President Ebrahim Raisi. The Cabinet offered its condolences, saying in a statement that he made the ultimate sacrifice in serving his country, according to a report by the state-run IRNA news agency. The report was accompanied by a photo of Raisi's chair draped in black, his photo on the desk. We assure our loyal and appreciative and beloved nation that the path of service will continue with the tireless spirit of Ayatollah Raisi, the hero and the servant of the nation and the faithful friend of the leadership, the Cabinet said in a statement carried by IRNA. PAKISTAN ANNOUNCES DAY OF MOURNING OVER RAISI'S DEATH Islamabad - Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced a day of mourning over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash. I along with the government and people of Pakistan extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Iranian nation on this terrible l

Iran's Cabinet holds emergency meeting after President Raisi's death
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 12:53 PM IST

'No sign of life' at crash site of helicopter carrying Iran's Raisi, others

Iranian state television said Monday there is no sign of life seen at the crash site of a helicopter that was carrying President Ebrahim Raisi and others. The site was across a steep valley and rescuers had yet to reach it, state media reported. As the sun rose Monday, rescuers saw the helicopter from a distance of some 2 kilometers (1.25 miles), the head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, Pir Hossein Kolivand, told state media. He did not elaborate and the officials had been missing at that point by over 12 hours. The helicopter crashed Sunday and was carrying Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollhian and others.

'No sign of life' at crash site of helicopter carrying Iran's Raisi, others
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 11:34 AM IST

President Raisi dead in chopper crash. Why it's a blow to Iran's hardliners

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollhian and others crashed on Sunday

President Raisi dead in chopper crash. Why it's a blow to Iran's hardliners
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 10:46 AM IST

Iran's President Raisi took hard line with national protests, nuclear talks

Raisi died when a helicopter carrying him back from a visit to the Azerbaijani border crashed in mountainous terrain, killing all aboard, a senior Iranian official said

Iran's President Raisi took hard line with national protests, nuclear talks
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 9:56 AM IST

'No sign of life' at crash site of helicopter carrying Iran's Raisi, others

Raisi, an ultraconservative cleric in his 60s who won Iran's presidential election in 2021, has been seen as a favourite to eventually succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

'No sign of life' at crash site of helicopter carrying Iran's Raisi, others
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 9:04 AM IST