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Raisi was declared dead on May 20 after rescue teams found his crashed helicopter in a fog-shrouded western mountain region, sparking mourning in the Islamic republic.
Raisi was declared dead on May 20 after rescue teams found his crashed helicopter in a fog-shrouded western mountain region, sparking mourning in the Islamic republic.

A helicopter carrying Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, the foreign minister, and other officials reportedly crashed in the mountainous northwest of Iran on Sunday, prompting a large-scale rescue operation in a foggy forest. Officials later confirmed that ‘no sign of life’ was found on the crash site. Iran president Ebrahim Raisi helicopter crash news updates...Read More

• Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s foreign minister and others have been found dead at the site of a helicopter crash after an hourslong search through a foggy, mountainous region of the country’s northwest, state media reported.

• State TV gave no immediate cause for the crash in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. With Raisi were Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province and other officials and bodyguards, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

• The Iranian government will continue to operate "without the slightest disruption" following the death of president Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, said a cabinet statement on Monday.

• Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday he was "deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise" of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi in the helicopter crash.

• Oil prices extended gains on Monday amid political uncertainty in major producing countries after Iran's president died

• The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas mourned on Monday the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who it said had supported the Palestinian people during the recent war with Israel.

Who will be the next president of Iran?

If the president dies while in office, Article 131 of Iran's Constitution states that the first vice president becomes the acting president, pending confirmation by the supreme leader.

Currently, Mohammad Mokhber is the first vice president of Iran.

Born on September 1, 1955, Mokhber has a close relationship with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all matters of state. Mokhber became the first vice president in 2021, following Raisi's election as president.

Read- Mohammad Mokhber set to be Iran's new president

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May 20, 2024 10:19 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Jaishankar remembers role of Raisi, Abdollahian in Chabahar Port agreement

"We've been trying for almost 20 years now to have an agreement with Iran. We could have a short-term agreement because there were a lot of problems on their side. But in recent months, thanks to the two people who unfortunately died yesterday in the helicopter crash, the president of Iran and the foreign minister of Iran. Because of their interest and initiative, we were able to finalize a long-term agreement," Jaishankar said at an event.

May 20, 2024 8:55 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Knowing exact cause of chopper crash so early will be hazarding guess, says ex-IAF official

Retired Indian Air Force Group Captain Mahesh Upasani said the team which will conduct an inquiry to find the cause of the incident will look into all aspects on whether it is human error, technical error, bad weather or a conspiracy theory. However, he noted that knowing the exact cause of the chopper crash so early would be a hazarding guess.

May 20, 2024 7:06 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Funeral rites for Raisi to start Tuesday

Funeral rites for Iran's president Ebrahim Raisi and his entourage who died in a helicopter crash will start on Tuesday in the northwestern city of Tabriz, state media reported.

"The funeral ceremonies for the president and his companions will take place Tuesday at 9:30 am local time (0600 GMT) in Tabriz", the official IRNA news agency said.

May 20, 2024 5:32 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: India announces state mourning on May 21

The Indian government has announced state mourning on May 21 as mark of respect for Iran President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash.

May 20, 2024 5:09 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Iran's allies in 'Axis of Resistance' mourn Raisi's death

Iran-backed members of the "Axis of Resistance" against Israel and its allies, including Palestinian militant group Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, and Yemen's Houthi rebels, expressed their condolences.

May 20, 2024 4:38 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Azerbaijan President writes letter to Khamenei

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev has written a letter to Iran Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei to offer condolences.

"We were deeply shocked by the news of the tragic loss suffered by friendly and brotherly Islamic Republic of Iran, and its people -- the fatal helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, and other accompanying persons."

May 20, 2024 3:56 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Iran nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri appointed acting foreign minister

Iran President News LIVE: Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri was appointed Monday as acting foreign minister, a government spokesman said, after the death of Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a helicopter crash.

May 20, 2024 3:18 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Lavrov holds meeting with Chinese counterpart

Iran President News LIVE: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Kazakhstan's capital Astana and discuss Iran's helicopter crash.

May 20, 2024 2:57 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Who is Mohammad Mokhber?

Iran President News LIVE:

• Mohammad Mokhber is part of a council alongside the speaker of Parliament and the head of the judiciary. Together, they are tasked with organising a new presidential election within 50 days of the president's demise.

• Born on September 1, 1955, Mokhber shares a close relationship with supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate authority in Iranian affairs. Mokhber assumed the role of first vice president in 2021, following Raisi's presidency.

• Mokhber was involved in negotiations with Moscow in October, facilitating agreements to provide surface-to-surface missiles and drones to Russia's military. This delegation included officials from Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the Supreme National Security Council.

Read in detail- Who is Mohammad Mokhber, Iran's interim president after Ebrahim Raisi's death?

May 20, 2024 2:22 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Mohammad Mokhber to be the interim head

Iran President News LIVE: Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei has declared five days of public mourning following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash. Khamenei has confirmed first vice president Mohammad Mokhber as the interim head of the executive branch.

May 20, 2024 1:44 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: ’I will forever retain the fondest memory of this wonderful man,' says Putin

Russian president Putin offers his condolences to Iranian president Ebrahim Raeisi, saying "I will forever retain the fondest memory of this wonderful man."

May 20, 2024 1:36 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Iranian Embassy in New Delhi lowers its flag to half-mast

Iran President News LIVE: The Iranian Embassy in New Delhi has lowered its flag to half-mast following the deaths of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the Foreign Minister, and other high-ranking officials in a helicopter crash.

May 20, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Bodies of helicopter crash victims transported to Tabriz

Iran President News LIVE: The bodies of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, his foreign minister, and other officials killed in a helicopter crash have been transported to Tabriz, state media reported on Monday, citing the Red Crescent.

Pir Hossein Kolivand, head of the Islamic Republic Red Crescent Society (IRCS), announced in a televised statement that the large-scale search and rescue operation concluded with the recovery of the bodies. They have been sent to East Azerbaijan province for burial.

May 20, 2024 12:48 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Kharge on Ebrahim Raisi's death

Iran President News LIVE: In a post on X, Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge said, "The Indian National Congress is anguished and dismayed by the passing away of Dr. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, following the shocking tragedy."

"India-Iran relations span centuries marked by meaningful interactions. Every Indian joins in extending our heartfelt condolences to his family. In this time of grief, we stand with the people of Iran," the Congress president said.

May 20, 2024 12:22 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Iran’s supreme leader pays tribute to Raisi

Iran President News LIVE: In a post on X, the Supreme Leader shared a photo of himself with Raisi, accompanied by a brief message referencing Imam Reza, the eighth imam of Shia Islam and a revered figure in Iran.

May 20, 2024 12:16 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Cabinet issues first statement

Iran President News LIVE: The Iranian government assures that it will continue to operate "without the slightest disruption" following the death of president Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, said a cabinet statement on Monday.

"We assure the loyal nation that the path of service will continue with the tireless spirit of Ayatollah Raisi," said the statement.

May 20, 2024 12:04 PM IST

Iran President News LIVE: What Hamas said on Ebrahim Raisi's death?

Iran President News LIVE: "These martyrs made enormous efforts in solidarity, support of Palestinian nation," Hamas said.

May 20, 2024 11:54 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Which officials died along with Ebrahim Raisi in helicopter crash?

Iran President News LIVE:

• Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian

• East Azerbaijan Governor Malek Rahmati

• Representative of the Iranian supreme leader in East Azerbaijan Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem

• Head of presidential guard Mehdi Mousavi

• The helicopter’s pilot, co-pilot and crew

May 20, 2024 11:34 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Mohammad Mokhber already ‘started receiving official calls’

Iran President News LIVE: First vice president Mohammad Mokhber has already started receiving calls from officials and foreign governments in Raisi's absence, according to state media. An emergency meeting of Iran's Cabinet was held, and state media announced this on Monday morning. The Cabinet issued a statement afterward, pledging to follow Raisi's path and ensuring that "with the help of God and the people, there will be no problem with managing the country."

May 20, 2024 11:23 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Last video of Ebrahim Raisi before boarding helicopter goes viral

On Sunday, a helicopter carrying Raisi had been in an accident in the Jolfa region of East Azerbaijan province amid poor weather conditions.

Raisi had earlier inaugurated a dam project with his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, on the border between the two countries.

May 20, 2024 11:13 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Pakistan will observe a day of mourning and the flag will fly at half mast

Iran President News LIVE: “Pakistan had the pleasure of hosting President Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on a historic visit, less than a month ago. They were good friends of Pakistan. Pakistan will observe a day of mourning and the flag will fly at half mast as a mark of respect for President Raisi and his companions and in solidarity with Brotherly Iran,” said Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif.

May 20, 2024 11:11 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Hezbollah leader Nasrallah mourns Ebrahim Raisi's death

Iran President News LIVE: Hezbollah leader Nasrallah said in an X post:

“Those who, when a calamity befalls them, say:

‘Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him belongs’

They will return.

Al-Baqarah 156.”

May 20, 2024 11:05 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: ‘Was hoping for good news,’ says Pak PM Shehbaz Sharif

Iran President News LIVE: “Had been anxiously following developments regarding the reported crash landing of President Raisi's helicopter. Was hoping for good news. Alas, this was not to be. I along with the government and people of Pakistan extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Iranian nation on this terrible loss. May the martyred souls rest in heavenly peace. The great Iranian nation will overcome this tragedy with customary courage,” Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif.

May 20, 2024 11:02 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Iran ambassador to India mourns Ebrahim Raisi death

Iran President News LIVE: “There is no power nor strength except in God, the Most High, the Great. We belong to God and to Him we shall return,” Iran ambassador to India Iraj Elahi said in an X post.

May 20, 2024 10:43 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: EAM S Jaishankar remembers meeting Iranian counterpart

Iran President News LIVE: “Deeply shocked to hear of the passing away of Iran’s President Dr Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister H. Amir-Abdollahian in the helicopter crash. Recall my many meetings with them, most recently in January 2024. Our condolences to their families. We stand with the people of Iran at time of this tragedy,” EAM S Jaishankar said in a X post.

May 20, 2024 10:32 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: ‘India stands with Iran,’ says PM Modi

Iran President News LIVE: “Deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise of Dr. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. His contribution to strengthening India-Iran bilateral relationship will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of Iran. India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow,” PM Modi condoles death of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi.

May 20, 2024 10:12 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Mohammad Mokhber to be interim president

Iran President News LIVE: In Iran, if the president passes away during their term, Article 131 of the constitution dictates that the first vice president, currently Mohammad Mokhber, assumes temporary presidency, subject to confirmation by the supreme leader. Furthermore, a council composed of the first vice president, the parliamentary speaker, and the judiciary head must oversee the arrangement of a new presidential election within a maximum period of 50 days.

May 20, 2024 10:02 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: State-media confirms all passengers of crashed helicopter dead

Iran President News LIVE: “President Raeisi, along with foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, East Azarbaijan Gov. Malek Rahmati, East Azarbaijan Imam of Friday Prayer Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem, & several other passengers, has been martyred in a helicopter crash in northwest of Iran,” says Iran's Press TV.

May 20, 2024 9:57 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Government confirms Ebrahim Raisi death

Iran President News LIVE: “To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return…” Iran's vice president Mohsen Mansouri confirms Ebrahim Raisi death.

May 20, 2024 9:48 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Who will be next president?

Iran President News LIVE: Following the death of president Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, Iran's vice president Muhammad Mukhbar is set to assume the role of acting president, pending approval from the Supreme Leader. According to the constitution, a new president must be elected within 50 days.

May 20, 2024 9:29 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Ebrahim Raisi die in crash, confirms official

Iran President News LIVE: Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian have died in a helicopter crash, an Iranian official told Reuters.

May 20, 2024 9:21 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Biden cancels his weekly vacation

Iran President News LIVE: The White House confirmed in a statement that US president Joe Biden has canceled his weekly vacation and returned to the White House following the hard landing of the helicopter carrying Iranian President Ayatollah Seyed Ebrahim Raisi and his accompanying delegation.

May 20, 2024 9:08 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter crashed into mountain peak

Iran President News LIVE: Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter crashed into mountain peak, visuals show. There is 'no sign of life' at wreckage site, reports state media.

May 20, 2024 9:03 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Video shows Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter crash site

Hopes are fading for the survival of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister after their helicopter crashed in mountainous terrain and icy weather. An Iranian official reported on Monday that search teams have located the wreckage.

May 20, 2024 8:58 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Rescuers moving towards wreckage site

President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society said that the helicopter wreckage has been found. “We move towards the helicopter, but the conditions are not good,” reports state TV.

May 20, 2024 8:46 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Ebrahim Raisi feared dead

Iran President News LIVE: Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian feared dead in helicopter crash.

May 20, 2024 8:44 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Helicopter wreckage located, ‘condition not good’

After over 12 hours of searches, Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter has been located, Iran-based news network Press TV reported on Monday.

Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), announced that rescue teams have reached the wreckage of the helicopter carrying the president. He did not provide further details but mentioned that "the condition is not good," according to state news agency IRNA.

May 20, 2024 8:37 AM IST

Iran President News LIVE: Where was Ebrahim Raisi coming from?

Iran President News LIVE: Iran president Ebrahim Raisi was traveling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. State TV said what it called a “hard landing” happened near Jolfa, a city on the border with the nation of Azerbaijan, some 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran. Later, state TV put it farther east near the village of Uzi, but details remained contradictory.

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