Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, 63, is confirmed dead after ‘no sign of life’ was found at helicopter crash site

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, 63, is confirmed dead after 'no sign of life' was found at helicopter crash site
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Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Ebrahim Raisi was trag­i­cal­ly killed in a heli­copter crash in the moun­tain­ous north­west reach­es of Iran. 

The crash also claimed the lives of For­eign Min­is­ter Hos­sein Amir Abdol­lahi­an, Gov­er­nor of East­ern Azer­bai­jan province Malek Rah­mati, Tabriz’s Fri­day prayer Imam Moham­mad Ali Ale­hashem, two pilots, and three oth­er Iran­ian offi­cials and secu­ri­ty guards. 

The heli­copter was seen in drone footage com­plete­ly destroyed upon impact, and search teams dis­cov­ered no sur­vivors. The nation is mourn­ing the loss, and an urgent meet­ing was held by the gov­ern­ment to address the situation.

Accord­ing to Iran’s con­sti­tu­tion, a new pres­i­den­tial elec­tion will need to be called with­in 50 days. The inci­dent is expect­ed to trig­ger a pow­er strug­gle among ambi­tious can­di­dates vying for power.

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